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SC seeks report on abuse of teenaged girls in Ghaziabad

Written by: Staff
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New Delhi, Dec 4 (UNI) The Supreme Court today issued notices to the state of Uttar Pradesh, National Commission for Women (NCW), National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) and District Magistrate (DM), Ghaziabad on a PIL seeking action against the head of Balnath Ashram who has been arrested on the charges of rape and sexual assault on physically-handicapped and mentally-challenged teenaged women inmates of the Ashram.

A bench comprising Chief Justice Y K Sabharwal and Justice C K Thakker also directed the DM, Mathura, to submit his report by December 8, on the protection and security provided to the girl inmates shifted from Ghaziabad to Mathura and also directed that no outsider will be allowed to talk to the girls without permission of DM.

Baba Balnath, who was heading a school for spastics and hearing impaired children was caught on camera when some of the inmates alleged during a sting operation conducted by NDTV that Baba had been exploiting the girls sexually.

The petition has been filed by an NGO Shakti Vahini.

Earlier NCW and DM Ghaziabad filed status report in the apex court as directed last week by the court after the sensational exposure made by the media.

The court has directed the UP government to provide adequate security to the ashram inmates and also to look after them properly.

According to the local residents the local administration had not taken complaints filed by some of them way back in 1995 seriously and no action was taken against Balnath, who had been arrested twice earlier also for similar offences.

UNI AKS/SC RP VC1910

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