Sexual harassment: Police seal shelter home in Dhenkanal; BJP condemns move
Sexual harassment: Police seal shelter home in Dhenkanal; BJP condemns moveEdited By Pradeep Singh | By Sarmeeli Mallick On Dec 2, 2018 - 10:21:37
Dhenkanal: Taking stern action against the Dream Centre Shelter Home, girl inmates of which brought sexual harassment allegations against the in-charge and managing director of the centre on Friday, was sealed by the Sadar police late Saturday night.
The shelter home run by an NGO, Good News India at Beltikiri in the district was sealed in the presence of the local Tehsildar and District Child Protection Officer (DCPO).
The district administration has shifted the inmates of the shelter home through two buses today morning but denied to reveal the place where they have been shifted.
On the other hand, a seven-member fact finding team of state BJP led by president of the party’s Mahila Morcha, Prabhati Parida visited the Dream Centre Shelter Home to hold talks with the inmates and locals. However, the shelter home was sealed before their visit.
“After the party announced that a team will visit the shelter home, the concerned authorities closed the centre and shifted the inmates to somewhere in a hurried manner. Attempts are being made to hide the truth; we strongly condemn the move of the administration,” said former Dhenkanal MLA, Krushna Chandra Patra.
Sadar police on Saturday arrested the shelter home’s in-charge, Simanchal Naik and detained the managing director Fayaz Rehman following the allegations.
Women and Child Development Minister Prafulla Samal had on Saturday informed that the institution was unregistered and running illegally. The Minister had also assured of strong action against the authorities of the shelter home.