Shelter homes over the last few months have become synonymous with scandals of unimaginable proportions. With the number of homeless people in India constantly rising, shelter homes were meant to be a safe place, especially for children. However, the reality is something entirely different.
Amidst all the news that has been coming in from Bihar and Uttar Pradesh about shelter homes being shut down because of the nefarious activities, there is one story of a brave 10-year-old who saved not just herself but 24 other girls from Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, a women’s shelter home in Deoria, east Uttar Pradesh.
According to a report in The Times of India, the young girl reached the police station by herself and said that girls from the shelter home used to be taken away in “white, black and red” cars at night and brought back early the next day.
Recounting the manner in which she escaped, the girl told the publication that she found an opportune moment and fled from the home without turning to look back. What is important to mention here is the swift action taken by the police as well.
The young girl is said to have reached the police station at around 10.30 p.m., and by 11 p.m., the police had reached the said shelter home to ascertain what was happening. The manager of the property, Girija Tripathi, along with her husband, Mohan Tripathi, were arrested immediately.
Subsequently, a First Information Report (FIR) was also registered, where five more people were named. The shelter home has been sealed by the State government, and suspension orders have been issued for the district magistrate and the district probationary officer.
What needs to be looked into is why a shelter home whose license was suspended a little over a year ago is still operational. While there are many questions that need immediate answering, we are glad that the girls have been saved.
(Edited by Shruti Singhal)