On Monday, late evening, 4 girls escaped from a shelter home in Motihari, East Champaran district of Bihar. 2 girls have been recovered so far and 2 are still on the run and are said to have fled to Bettiah, the district headquarter of West Champaran district.
These girls got down, from the terrace of the shelter home, using a saree .sources in the shelter home said that the girls did not want to stay in the shelter home and wanted to go back to their family. Out of 4 girls, 3 are married. They were put in shelter home on the orders of the district court because they got married at a minor age.
Madhu Kumar, caretaker of the shelter home said: "I was not in shelter home when these girls ran away. There were 2 women constables deployed for the security of the home. So far 2 girls have been recovered and we are told the other 2 will also be recovered. These girls wanted to go home for a long time."
Police have recorded the statement of 2 recovered girls. SP Motihari Upendra Sharma said: "This shelter is being run by a private NGO and we are trying to ascertain the security cordon of the home as to how these girls escape. We have recovered 2 girls and have informed Bettiah police to nab the other girls. There are no reports of sexual exploitation of these girls.
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It's not for the first time that girls have fled from shelter home. Last month girls from shelter home in Begusarai had fled.
In the year 2018 after TISS report shelter homes across different parts of Bihar were in the news, which caused .embarrassment to the state. In some shelter homes, there were reports of physical abuse which brought disrepute to the state. The escape of these 4 girls from Motihari shelter home is a massive breach of security. It seems the Bihar govt has not learned its lesson.