The disabled inmates of a privately run shelter home in Madhya Pradesh's Bhopal on Friday alleged that the owner of the home sexually assaulting them for a long time and have sexually abused two girls and three boys. The inmates alleged that their fellow inmates have died due to the severe abuse. Based on a complaint by the inmates, the owner, a 70-year-old ex-army man, has been arrested, the police said.
Five inmates of the shelter home -- three boys and two girls -- first went to the social justice department with their complaint before going to the police. A First Information Report or FIR has been filed.
"Some students with special needs (hearing and speech) came to our office with their interpreter. They have given us a letter about alleged sexual and physical assault by the owner of the hostel. We will write to the collector and senior police officers for further investigation," said Krishna Mohan Tiwari, director, Social Justice Department.
As per the inmates, a boy died due to excessive bleeding after he was sexually assaulted while another died of injuries after his head was banged on a wall, and the third inmate died due to cold after he was forced to spend the night outside.
As per reports, the shelter home is 1995 registered and funded. It has 42 boys and 58 girls have been living at the home since 2003. According to reports, for the last 10 years, four teachers have been looking after the shelter home in the absence of a full-time warden.
Last month, Madhya Pradesh CM Shivraj Singh Chouhan has directed monthly inspection of every shelter home and orphanage in the state and instructed officials to make guidelines for private girls' hostels.