A woman in charge of the kitchen at the juvenile home for girls in Shiv Kuti has been arrested in connection with the rape of inmates by the peon there.
Rampati is the third person to be arrested in the case. The police had already arrested peon Vidyabhushan Ojha,and superintendent of the home Urmila Gupta,who allegedly hushed up the matter.
Senior Superintendent of Police (Allahabad) Naveen Arora said Rampati was responsible for preparing food and serving it to the inmates.
She was not supposed to allow the peon to enter the kitchen. But the inquiry revealed that not only was the peon allowed but he also used the kitchen space for sexually abusing the girls. The woman was in the know of such activities but had colluded with him and other employees to keep silent. The inmates even told the inquiry team that she had herself seen the peon sexually abusing girls but did not stop him, said Arora.
Police sources said that Rampati was supposed to be in the kitchen from 6 am to 2 pm. Anybody entering the kitchen for such activity was bound to take her in confidence, said a police officer associated with the investigation.
Sources added that the woman had virtually delegated her task to the peon,who would often ask the inmates to prepare food. If they refused,he would punish them.
Newly appointed District Probation Officer Puneet Kumar Mishra said he would get the records pertaining to adoption of girl inmates over the last couple of years. Nothing of this sort has come to my notice. But I will see whether the adoption guidelines have been followed, he said.