Shelter home scandal: Posco court remands Fayaz Rahman to police custody

Dhenkanal: A special court on Monday remanded, to two-day police custody, Fayaz Rahman accused of sexually harassing minor girls in the shelter home run by him illegally.

Though police had prayed the Posco court for three-day custody of Rahman, court granted two days for grilling.

Rahman, the founder and chairman of Good News India, was arrested on Sunday on charges of sexually harassing minor girls in a shelter home run by his organisation Good News Indian, an NGO, at Beltikiri in the Sadar block near the district headquarters.

Besides Rahman, two other persons – Simanchal Nayak and Lima, in-charge of the shelter home and assistant director Udit Kumar Lima, were also taken into custody. There were similar allegations against Nayak too.

On Sunday, the Dream Centre shelter home run by the Good News India was sealed in the wake of allegations of sexual abuse by its minor inmates.

The action came two days after District Child Protection Officer (DCPO) Anuradha Goswami and members of Child Welfare Committee (CWC) raided the shelter home, acting on media reports which stated that minor girls were being abused sexually, physically and mentally at the facility.

The girls at the home had alleged that they were harassed sexually, physically and mentally over the past two years.

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