Deoria, Aug 6: The Uttar Pradesh Police on Monday arrested three people, including the manager of a women’s shelter home and her husband, after allegations of sexual exploitation of the inmates came to light. While women have been rescued from the shelter home, 18 other inmates are still missing. Also Read - UP Junior Engineer in CBI Net For Alleged Sexual Abuse of Children

“Twenty-four girls were rescued yesterday from the shelter home at station road in the name of Ma Vindhyawasini Mahila Prakishan Evam Samaj Sewa Sansthan, which has 42 inmates. Eighteen inmates are still missing. We have sealed it,” Superintendent of Police Rohan P Kanay said. Also Read - Delhi-based Sex Racketeer Sonu Punjaban Moves High Court Challenging Her Sentence by Dwarka Court

Meanwhile, UP Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahuguna Joshi said that Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has ordered suspension of Deoria’s DM Sujit Kumar, adding that further action in the case will be taken based on the report, which the two-member high-level committee sent by the CM to Deoria will submit by tonight after its investigation. Also Read - Malayalam Producer Alwyn Antony Accused of Sexually Abusing a 20-Year-Old Woman

The horrifying incident is a rerun of the alleged sexual abuse of young girls at a state-funded shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur which led to a public outcry. Sexual abuse of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in medical examination.

Earlier today, Joshi said that orders to shut the institution was given last year after it was found that they were running it illegally. She further said on August 1 that an FIR was also lodged to put a stop on the illegal acts being carried out.

The details of activities at the shelter home emerged when a 10-year-old girl managed to flee from there. She reached a woman police station and informed them about the plight of the inmates.

“Many times white, black and red cars used to come and take away the girls. When the returned in the morning, they used to cry,” the girl alleged.

The 10-year-old girl belongs to Bihar’s Bettiah city and she also told the police that she escaped because of heavy work load.

Girija Tripathi and her husband Mohan Tripathi, who operated the shelter home, and its superintendent Kanchanlata were arrested, police said.

Girija Tripathi, however, told reporters that the charges were baseless and payment of last three years was pending, so she was running the shelter home.