In yet another shameful incident, around nine minor tribal girls have been sexually exploited, allegedly by their hostel warden. Police conducted a raid on the hostel located in Solan, Himachal Pradesh on Tuesday.
The nine victims hail from tribal districts in Himachal Pradesh and Jharkhand and are studying in classes 7 to 10 in a high school run by the state government.
Pawan Goel, the 48-yr old hostel warden was subsequently arrested. Police took action against the accused following complaint by a 13-year-old girl from Kinnaur.
This is not the first such shocking instance in Himachal. Three teachers working for Prayrana NGO were booked in Shimla last year for sexually exploiting six deaf and dumb inmates staying at a similar hostel at Totu.
Surfacing of a similar incident has raised many doubts about the functioning of such hostels and schools in the name of supporting underprivileged minors in the state.