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Chh’garh government admits 7 cases of sexual abuse in ashram schools

RAIPUR: Chhattisgarh government informed Assembly that cases of sexual exploitation were reported in seven government-run ashram (residential) schools in last five years.

In a written reply to a question by Congress MLA Amarjeet Bhagat, tribal welfare minister Kedar Kashyap said, “Cases of sexual exploitation were reported in two ashrams - each in Surguja and Gariyaband districts - in 2011, three each in Jashpur, Balrampur and Balod districts - in 2012 while two each in Koriya and Kanker districts in 2013.”

Elaborating the action taken on these incidents, he said staffs of the ashram school and their associates were arrested by police.

He said the government has deployed female Home Guard personnel at ashram schools for girls for security purpose as well as appointed female staffs there replacing male staffs.

Moreover, the government has also started an emergency helpline number (1091) and toll free number-18002333666 at Police Control Room and has displayed information about the numbers on the institute's notice boards, the minister said.

Kashyap said entry of males inside hostel and ashram schools between 6pm to 6am has been prohibited while steps were taken for providing basic facilities, including potable water, toilets, bathroom, shed, electricity, solar lights and other in the institutes, the minister informed.

Kashyap further said that monitoring committees at division, district and state-level have been constituted to make regular and timely inspection of the institutes.