MP govt orders regular inspection of women's hostels

MP govt orders regular inspection of women's hostels

Bhopal: Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan comes out after appearing in the District Court in connectin with K K Mishra defamation case, in Bhopal on Saturday, July 7, 2018. (PTI Photo) (PTI7_7_2018_000059B)

The Madhya Pradesh government on Friday ordered monthly inspection of women's hostels in the state after an inmate of a facility for differently-abled women was allegedly raped by its director.

Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan has issued directions to officials in this regard to prevent recurrence of such incidents at women's hostels and orphanages.

The director of a hostel for speech and hearing impaired women in the Awadhpuri area here was arrested on Wednesday night for allegedly raping a 20-year-old deaf and mute tribal inmate.

"I have taken a meeting of the officials concerned and directed them to conduct monthly inspections of such (state) aided and unaided facilities where girls are residing," Chouhan told reporters at his residence.

"The inspection will be carried out by the collector and superintendent of police in each district on a monthly basis," he said.

Chouhan said similar rules will also be framed for private hostels to ensure the safety of inmates.

"Rules will be framed for private hostels, too, to ensure girls remain safe there. Such incidents are very painful and already the accused person has been arrested," Chouhan said.

The director, Ashwini Sharma, was arrested last night.

The complainant, a resident of Dhar district, has alleged that Sharma raped her repeatedly during her stay at the hostel, a government-aided centre, over the past three years, a senior police officer had said yesterday.

Talking to reporters on Thursday, Congress media cell chairperson Shobha demanded a social audit of all facilities in the state which house women. 

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