UP mantri hints at sexual abuse of Deoria inmates

LUCKNOW: UP chief minister Yogi Adityanath on Tuesday night recommended a CBI probe into the Deoria shelter home scandal, hours after his minister, Rita Bahuguna Joshi, said the inmates might have been sexually exploited. Addressing a press conference a day after reports of sexual exploitation of the inmates emerged, Yogi said the decision on a CBI probe was taken after a two-member committee submitted its report on Tuesday evening.

Earlier in the day, Joshi, the women and child development minister, told reporters: “There is a strong possibility of sexual exploitation of the rescued inmates.” Kanchanlata Tripathi, daughter of prime accused Girija Tripathi, was arrested on Tuesday.

Kanchanlata worked as a superintendent at the shelter home. Yogi said the role of previous governments in allowing the shelter home to operate would also be looked into. “The Maa Vindhyavasini Mahila Prashikshan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan had been operating since 2009. Past governments had very…

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