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Bihar to deploy eunuchs in security of girls in remand homes, short stay homes

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PATNA: The state government in Bihar has planned to deploy eunuchs in the security of females at remand homes/short stay homes, apparently alarmed at the reports of sexual exploitations of inmates lodged there.

The government believes the deployment of eunuchs will not only improve the security at the girls’ shelter homes but will also provide employment to eunuchs who survive on seeking alms.

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“The government is working on a proposal to employ eunuchs as security guards at remand homes and short stay homes for females,” social welfare department secretary Atul Prasad told the media today.

Reports said the chief minister has liked the idea of the social welfare department and asked the department to go ahead.

According to him, a security guard was found to be involved in the rape of a girl at short stay home at Chapra town in Bihar while the local media also reported the sexual exploitation of several girls lodged at another shelter home running at Muzaffarpur town.

“In such a situation, the eunuch guards will surely prove a better idea,” Prasad added.

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During the Mughal empire, eunuchs were employed to take care of harems since being castrated males, they could not exploit women of the harems sexually. Perhaps the same thing the government expects from these eunuchs now.

The authorities were compelled to work on this proposal in the light of recent incidents of rape of females at short stay homes, earning a bad name for the state.

Only last week, the police arrested a security guard accused of frequently raping a mentally-challenged girl lodged at a shelter home at Chapra town as a result of which she became pregnant.

In the aftermath of the incident, the authorities have shut the shelter home being run by an Non-Government Organisation while all the 26 girls lodged there have been shifted to another shelter home in neighbouring Siwan district.

Similar incident was reported from another shelter home running at Muzaffarpur town where as many as 13 girl inmates were not found in sound mental condition due to alleged repeated sexual exploitation, prompting the authorities to shift all the 46 girls to other shelter homes. The incident came to light in June this year.

The sexual exploitation of girl inmates came to light after a team of Tata Institute of Social Science, Mumbai which visited the shelter home in February this year reported sexual exploitation of inmates in its report to the state government. The team had come to conduct a social audit of the shelter home.

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