Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan Saturday sought the Home Ministry's intervention in punishing the people behind the sexual exploitation of minor girls at a shelter home in Odisha's Dhenkanal district.
An NGO-run shelter home was sealed on Sunday in Dhenkanal district and two people, including its managing director, were arrested following allegations that the minor inmates there were sexually abused.
"I sincerely urge you to take exemplary action against the perpetrators of this henious crime in order to stop the illegal functioning of the shelter home," Pradhan wrote to Union Home Minister Rajnath Singh.
Pradhan mentioned in the letter that he was in receipt of a petition from Pravati Parida, the state president of BJP's Mahila Morcha, where a request has been made for taking
government is a mute spectator to the blatant violation of the Juvenile Justice Act," Pradhan said.
The NGO received Rs 14-15 crore as foreign donation and the amount was transferred directly through a private bank from USA to West Bengal and then to Bhubaneswar, police had said.
(With inputs from agencies.)