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Odisha Crime Branch Pulls Up Socks In Wake Of Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape Case

09 August 2018


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Bhubaneswar: Following the recent horrifying incidents of Muzaffarpur and Deoria shelter home rape cases in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh respectively, the Odisha Crime Branch (CB) has tightened its belt ensuring security of girl’s hostels and shelter homes that have become the centre-stage for sexual violence offences.

Addressing a presser today, CB ADG Santosh Upadhyay said, “We have already notified Odisha Police to increase security of educational institutes and hostels to keep in check the cases of narcotics abuse and sexual violence.”

In light of last week’s Malkangiri case where a school’s headmaster was found guilty of sexually harassing minor girls, Upadhyay said, “We have notified the police to specially check places of stay like shelter homes and hostels where girls stay away from their families, as these places become easy targets for sexual offenders.”

“We have definitely learnt from the recent UP and Bihar incidents and we are trying our best to prevent such cases from occurring in our State,” he added.

According to reports, in May of this year nine states including Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Delhi, Chhattisgarh, Himachal Pradesh, Manipur, Meghalaya, Kerala and West Bengal had denied access to the audit agency into their child care institutions despite Supreme Court’s directions. These states wanted to conduct their own audit exercise.

National Commission for Protection of Child Rights and Ministry of Women and Child Development (WCD) wrote to the states to comply with the SC’s orders that led Odisha to agree on the audit exercise after having refused it initially.

Notably on Wednesday, WCD ordered an immediate social audit of over 9,000 childcare institutions across the country in the next 60 days after the Bihar and Uttar Pradesh cases brought to light the vast extent of sexual abuse of children and their flesh trade.

According to Odisha Crime Branch’s Operation Muskaan report, over 8000 minor girls have also gone missing in the last seven years and a very few have been rescued. These statistics have raised serious questions on the safety of girls in the state.

Meanwhile reports suggest that Odisha Crime Branch has joined hands with all the districts SPs and the Commissionerate Police to bring back minor girls to safety. From issuing posters, advertisements on missing persons within seven days of complaint to announcing rewards for people who provide information on ‘dalals’, the State’s security team has pulled up its socks to fight the injustice against young girls.

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Santosh Upadhyay, ADG, Crime Branch, Odisha