Chennai: The National Human Right Commission (NHRC) on Friday took suo motu cognizance of media reports alleging abuse of 15 minor girls who were rescued from a shelter home in Tamil Nadu’s Tiruvannamalai following complaints against the in-charge of the house.

The in-charge was today arrested under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO). An investigation into the matter is underway.

The Commission also sent out notices to the Chief Secretary and the Director General of Police, Tamil Nadu asking for a detailed report on the matter within four weeks including action taken against the guilty and steps taken for relief, rehabilitaion and counselling of the victims.

The matter came under the scanner after authorities received complaints from few of the inmates about the alleged sexual abuse by the in-charge during a safety campaign which happened recently. According to a report, the accused made the girls watch pornographic content before abusing them.

In another incident which came into limelight, more than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time in a shelter home run by Brijesh Thakur’s state-funded non-governmental organization (NGO) in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

Thakur is allegedly the purported mastermind of the incidents. Earlier this year, Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) had uncovered the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in Bihar.