The Jharkhand Shelter Home Sexual Assault case: Police investigations show that the two minors allegedly raped at the shelter home were not the only children who were survivors of the same but other children who were a part of the assault too. They were allegedly raped for more than four years.
The Jharkhand shelter home sexual assault case of two minor girls in the state government-approved NGO, Mother Teresa Welfare Trust (MTWT) has found its way back to headlines after shocking revelations by police that hints at the fact other female inmates were also a survivor of the sexual assault for more than four years.
Here are ten things you must know about the case:
- Jamshedpur senior superintendent of police Dr M Tamil Vanan stated in a report by the Hindustan Times that the police team has expanded their investigations in light of the findings on June 9.
- According to the police, a complaint has been filed under the POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Act and sections of the Indian Penal Code on Tuesday.
- The principal accused is the director of the children’s shelter, Harpal Singh Thapar.
- Thapar’s wife Pushpa Rani Tirkey, who is also the chairperson of East Singhbhum district child welfare committee (CWC), is included in the list of accused. It also included the warden Geeta Singh, Singh’s son Aditya Singh, and another staff member Tony Singh. All of the mentioned accused are on the run at the moment.
- The two minor girls who were found as the survivors of the alleged crime previously were 16-year-old and 17-year-old at the moment.
- Both the rape survivors have provided a video recorded statement in which they clarified all the charges made in the POCSO court.
- According to their statement, they were physically as well as mentally tortured at the shelter home and were forced to give in to the demands of the attackers.
- The details of the case have been stated as “horrifying” by the investigating officers.
“Investigation has found that Thapar allegedly had physical relations with the 19-year-old daughter of the warden, and he, along with others, used to sexually abuse and exploit the woman on a regular basis.”
- The rape survivors who were tortured for over four years, complained about the same multiple times to the wife of the accused, however, she took no actions, the SSP added.
- A few days ago, the shelter witnessed the death of a three-and-a-half-year-old girl due to a brain tumour. However, the police are now refusing to believe that the tumour was the cause of her death and are now investigating the death further.
- Another reported reason for the suspicion is that Thapar and his wife didn’t inform the police or the district administration about the death, which they were legally bound to.