Assam | FIR filed against Sivasagar shelter home for sexual exploitation of minor girls

Assam | FIR filed against Sivasagar shelter home for sexual exploitation of minor girls

GUWAHATI | September 5, 2018:

An orphanage for girls in Sivasagar, Assam is under the scanner for alleged sexual abuse and exploitation of minor girls.

Earlier, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar shelter homes sex racket came into light, soon after a separate case of sexual abuse was registered against a shelter home in Assam.

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A right activist and an NGO had filed a case of sexual abuse against one Parag Goswami in a local police station on Monday.

Goswami runs a registered orphanage named Swapnalaya in Joysagar area.

On Sunday, at around 11:30 PM the cases were filed after three girls escaped from the orphanage. Rights activist Farid Islam Hazarika helped them take shelter at a facility of the Oil and Natural Gas Corporation Limited before registering an FIR against the orphanage's owner and administrator, Geeta Kakati.

Oikya Mancha-a civil society organization had also filed an FIR. General Secretary of NGO, Rajib Gogoi said that the police must take stern action against these as a deterrent for others.

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The three girls who had escaped from the orphanage said that most of the girls in the orphanage were being sexually assaulted and abused for resisting. They said that they tried to escape earlier but were caught and taken back to the orphanage and were beaten until submission.

Sivasagar SP Subodh K. Sonowal could not provide the number of girls in the orphanage but said his officers were probing the case. He said that so far no arrest has been made.

Source: The Hindu

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