Director of hostel for divyangs held for raping girl

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 10 Aug 2018 10:54:54



The complainant in the complaint stated that the accused was sexually exploiting her in the hostel for past three years

Staff Reporter

IN A shocking incident, a director of a Bhopal-based hostel has been arrested for raping a 20-year-old deaf and dumb girl staying in a hostel on Thursday. The 35-year-old accused is also accused of sexually harassing another divyang girl, living in the same hostel, around 5 months ago. The sensational incident came to light after two deaf and dumb girls filed a complaint in Dhar with help of their teacher in Indore and Ujjain where they used to study earlier against Hostel Director Ashwini Sharma, a resident of Cristal Idol city in Awahpuri. On the basis of complaint, a first information report (FIR) was lodged.

Sharma was detained by Dhar police with the help of Bhopal counterparts from Awadhpuri area of city last night and was taken to Dhar by police for identification. He has been identified by the victims.Ashwini Sharma, Director of a hostel for divyangs in Awadhpuri area, was arrested on Wednesday night, based on a complaint filed by the hostellers, a resident of Dhar, informed Bhopal Deputy Inspector General (DIG) Dharmendra Choudhary.

The complainant alleged that the accused raped her repeatedly in the hostel over past three years. She filed a complaint with Dhar police on Wednesday and the case was then transferred to Awadhpuri police station, the DIG said.
Sharma was arrested under Sections 376 (rape), 354 (outraging modesty), 344 (wrongful confinement) and 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant sections of the SC/ST (Prevention of Atrocities) Act, the DIG informed.
Inspector General (Intelligence) Makrand Deuskar told reporters that police will talk to all inmates of the hostel as police suspect that more girls could have been assaulted and harassed by the accused. He said the accused ran two hostels, one for boys and another for girls. Further investigations are under way.