Five persons have been arrested in the case

The police on Sunday recorded the statements of deaf-mute orphan girls on sexual assault, rape, molestation and thrashing they had suffered at the hands of staff of a residential therapy centre at Kanota near here for the past one year.

Five persons have been arrested so far. On the basis of the statements of five girls, recorded with the help of an interpreter, the police concluded that the warden and the security guard of the centre, which also served as a hostel, had been raping at least two of them since July last. Some of the girls said they were frequently thrashed by other employees during their brief stay for speech therapy sessions.

Widening the scope of the investigation, the police have focussed their attention on 11 other inmates who have left for home for the summer vacation. The addresses of these girls in Dausa, Kanota and Jaipur are being traced.

A non-governmental organisation, Awaz Foundation, runs the centre with the support of the Rajasthan government’s Social Justice and Empowerment Department. The victims are residing at the Government Girls Home in Gandhi Nagar here, from where they are regularly sent to the centre for treatment.

Other girls staying in the school will be contacted to ascertain if they have any complaint. Investigation has revealed that warden Ashok Prajapat raped a girl twice and another victim eight times, besides subjecting the latter to unnatural sex. Security guard Mahesh Mali, who was also arrested, raped a girl at least once. Clerk Suresh Bairwa also molested the girls.

The centre’s administrator, Alpana Daswani, had information about the abuse since January, when one of the victims approached her, but she hushed up the matter, it is alleged. She is one of the arrested in the case.

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