Two female employees at an observation home for girls in Uttarakhand’s Haldwani have been accused of facilitating rape of a minor. It is alleged that the female staff members would take the girl outside the observation home, where she was then raped.
Following a written complaint by Ravindra Rautela, a member of the Child Welfare Committee, the Haldwani Police have registered a case against the two female employees. The observation homes are where accused juveniles are kept.
Ravindra Rautela, in his complaint to the police, said that the two female employees would take a minor residing in the juvenile home outside, where she would be subjected to sexual assault.
The Haldwani Police have taken prompt action, filing charges against both female employees late on Friday night under various sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act. The members of the Child Welfare Committee also spoke to the minor, during which she recounted the ordeal.
ASP City, Harbans Singh, mentioned that a thorough investigation is underway, and charges have been filed against the accused women.
Reacting to the incident on social media, Minister of Child and Women Development, Rekha Arya, emphasised, “There will be no tolerance for negligence in a government that advocates zero tolerance.”
Arya spoke about the swift action taken in the case, saying that after the incident came to light, one of the accused was suspended with immediate effect, while another, assigned through the homeguard department at the Women’s Welfare and Rehabilitation Center in Haldwani, was recalled immediately.
In response to the incident, a committee comprising two impartial members has been formed for a specialised departmental investigation, Rekha Arya said, adding that further action will be taken against the accused women after a thorough investigation.