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WCD Ministry: CCTVs Need to be Installed in Every Shelter Home

Taking note of the horrifying incident in a children’s shelter home in district Raigad, Maharashtra where minor children are stated to be sexually abused, it has been decided that CCTVs need to be installed in every shelter home. Ministry of Women and Child Development in consultation with State Governments will work towards this.  

Several children of a shelter home in Maharashtra are reported to have been sexually abused.

Two officials of the home have been arrested after the parents of some these children filed a complaint with the police.

The shelter home falls in Karjat taluka of Maharashtra’s Raigad district.
The children were also threaten that they would be forced to eat their excreta if they refused to comply with their demands.
Police said on Thursday, May 29, that the arrests were made on the basis of complaints of sexual abuse and harassment at the ashram by parents of some of the children. Those arrested include Chandraprabha Charitable Trust chairman Ajit Dabholkar and manager Lalita Tonde. Dabholkar and Tonde were running the ashram at Takve village in Karjat taluka of Raigad for tribal and poor children. About 32 children, in the age group of 4 to 15 years, were housed there.

The Karjat Police, during preliminary investigation, found that four girls and a boy at the ashram, in the age group of 11-15 years, were allegedly sexually abused by the accused duo.

The accused used to allegedly force the children to perform sexual acts in front of them, Karjat police station’s assistant police inspector S M Jadhav said.
The offence came to light when one of the inmates informed her mother, who in turn approached the Raigad Child Helpline, which further complained to the police, he said.
The parents also complained to Pune-based social worker Anuradha Sahastrabudhe, police said.