Patna, August 12: Old horror keeps repeating itself in new ways in Bihar, as the police said on Sunday that two women from a shelter home died at a hospital in Patna. A 40-year-old woman and an 18-year-old girl from the Asra shelter home in Patna died on Friday night in the Patna Medical College and Hospital.
The shocking fact is that neither the police nor the Social Welfare Department were informed of the incident.
A police team along with department officials reportedly visited the shelter home located in the city's Rajiv Hagar area and have interrogated the staff. The police has not made the findings public as of now. The cause of the women's death was not immediately known.
At least 34 minor girls were raped at a shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district. The case came to light in July when the state's Social Welfare Department filed an FIR on the basis of a social audit by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.
Twenty-four girls were rescued from the shelter home in Uttar Pradesh's Deoria last week after one of them told the police that they were being sexually abused.
Commenting on the horrific cases of sexual abuse against inmates from Muzaffarpur and Deoria shelter homes, Union Minister Maneka Gandhi had said on August 6, "It’s not only frightening, it makes me sad. I know there will be many more because for years and years, we have paid no attention, apart from giving them money." She further proposed MPs to go to institutions in their constituencies, and give her reports. "I'll take immediate action.A long term solution is to make large homes for 1000 women, 1000 children, with all-women staff rather than small centres. I'll sanction money, " Gandhi had said. (With Agency Inputs)