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Aug 10, 2018
8:34PM

SC expresses serious concern over recent cases of rape, sexual abuse of women at shelter homes

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The Supreme Court today expressed serious concern over recent cases of rape and sexual abuse of women at shelter homes in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh.  The apex court's observation came while hearing a matter relating to sexual abuse of children at orphanages.

A bench of justices Madan B Lokur, S Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta while referring to the recent incident at Pratapgarh in Uttar Pradesh where 26 women have been reported to be missing from shelter homes asked when these horrific incidents will stop.

The apex court on May 5 last year, had passed a slew of directions including setting up of a data base of children living in orphanages and child care institutions to ensure their safety and welfare. 

The Court had directed the Centre, state governments and union territories to complete the registration of all child care institutions by the year-end.

The bench directed the Ministry of Women and Child Development  to place before it the data they have received from the states including as to how the funds were being utilized and how performance audit was done. The court has posted the matter for hearing on 21st of this month.

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