Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) chief, former UP chief minister Mayawati and Congress general secretary Priyanka Gandhi said the developments at a state-run shelter home in Kanpur once again shows the indifferent attitude of the Uttar Pradesh government towards the protection of woman and children.
Their criticism after 57 girls living in the shelter home were tested positive for the coronavirus over the last week. Five of the girls were found to be pregnant.
“It is the demand of the BSP that the Uttar Pradesh government should not cover up the incident of Kanpur shelter home but take strict action against the culprits by conducting a high-level and fair investigation,” Mayawati tweeted.
Congress leader Priyanka Gandhi Vadra accused the state government of suppressing facts about the exploitation of children at shelter homes.
“The whole country knows about the Muzaffarpur shelter home case,” she wrote in a Facebook post.
“A similar case emerged in Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria. This goes on to show that everything is suppressed in the name of investigation. But there are many inhuman incidents happening at state-run child shelter homes.”
The shelter home has been sealed. The cluster of cases at the shelter home emerged after a random sampling test on June 12.