Bombay High Court (HC) said Monday lower courts should take a serious view of cases of sexual abuse in shelter homes. It also criticised the state government for not appealing grant of bail to accused in one such case in Nashik.
The remarks came during the hearing of a suo motu petition based on a newspaper report on the state of shelter homes in Maharashtra. The report claimed inmates of a shelter home in Nashik were subjected to mental torture by its staff. They were allegedly forced to bathe with doors open and the caretakers touched their private parts.
Advocate general Darius Khambata told the court a case had been registered against five employees and a show-cause notice served to the shelter to explain why its licence should not be revoked. He said 59 of the 62 inmates had been shifted to another shelter and the remaining were in the custody of their guardians.