Raid at Women's Shelter in Patna, One Arrested

Raid at a girls and women's shelter in Patna on Friday.

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Patna: Police in Patna under Rajiv Nagar police station on Friday raided a shelter for girls and women and arrested a man on charges of inappropriately touching young girls while trying to lure them into escaping from the home by promising to 'show them a better life'.

Ram Nagina Singh, a.k.a. Banarsi, a 50-year old vegetable seller, was taken into police custody in an early-morning raid on Friday after someone tipped the police of his intent to escape with three young girls in their late teens to early '20s.

The shelter is run by Anumaya Human Resource Foundation, an NGO accredited by the Social Welfare Department of the Bihar government. Roughly 75 girls and women, some with serious mental disabilities, make this place their home.

Reports said Banarsi used to frequent the facility on one pretext or the other and was caught inappropriately touching the girls while also making dirty talks with them.

With Muzaffarpur girls' shelter case in which nearly three dozen young girls were raped and sexually exploited continuing to hog the headline, authorities are not taking any chance and are looking into to determine if any sexual activity was going on at the shelter in Patna.

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