Torment cuffs on predator

A district programme manager of Vaishali was arrested over charges of sexual exploitation and outraging the modesty of girls at a shelter home in Hajipur, which serves as the district headquarters.

By Dev Raj in Patna
  • Published 15.08.18
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Patna: A district programme manager of Vaishali was arrested over charges of sexual exploitation and outraging the modesty of girls at a shelter home in Hajipur, which serves as the district headquarters.

"District programme manager Manmohan Prasad Singh was arrested on Monday on charges of eve-teasing, inappropriate touching, outraging the modesty and other irregularities found at Nidaan, a shelter home for girls, at Hajipur. The inmates had complained about him," Vaishali SP Manavjeet Singh Dhillon told The Telegraph.

Dhillon added that the arrest followed an FIR lodged at the Town police station on the same day under various Indian Penal Code (IPC) sections, including 354 (outraging the modesty of a woman) and 506 (criminal intimidation).

"Apart from Manmohan, there are four other accused in the FIR. One of them is the programme director of a government helpline functioning under the Women's Development Corporation. The others are related to the NGO that operated the shelter home. Further investigations are on," the Vaishali superintendent of police (SP) said.

The action came after the state government ordered the transfer of the shelter home to Samastipur.

This gave courage to the girls staying at Nidaan and they levelled serious allegations against Manmohan.

Many of the survivors alleged that Manmohan would enter their rooms alone and ask them to massage his body, which finally ended up in sexual abuse.

He would also force the girls to indulge in obscene acts, and would threaten them with dire consequences if they refused to obey him.

Some of the survivors also alleged that the prime accused would forbid NGO staff from accompanying him into the rooms in which they lived. He also used to beat up the girls and tear their clothes.

After getting to know about the allegations, Vaishali district magistrate Rajiv Raushan formed a five-member inquiry committee, which submitted a report on Sunday. It corroborated the allegations.

"The girls also gave statements and provided photographic evidence in support of their allegations after which we decided to lodge an FIR and take action. This particular case is not related to the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) social audit report on several shelter homes for boys and girls across the state," Raushan said.

The Vaishali DM said further action would be taken against the concerned NGO that used to run the shelter home at Hajipur.

Meanwhile, a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) court has issued a warrant of arrest against Shibha Kumari Singh, the wife of jailed Muzaffarpur district child protection officer.

She has been accused of revealing the identity of the raped inmates of the Balika Grih in Muzaffarpur.

An FIR was lodged against Shibha last week on the directions of the Supreme Court, which has taken a suo motu cognisance of the case that has rocked Bihar, after 34 inmates were found to have been raped and tortured.