Minor girls forced to clean drainage in a Hyderabad hostel, officials charged for the offense

A case was registered by the police against two women officials of a hostel for HIV-positive patients for allegedly forcing five minor girls – inmates of the institution – to clean a drainage in Uppal area in Hyderabad. A video was submitted to the police by Achyuta Rao, a child rights activist in which some girls were cleaning drainage at the hostel run by `Ambassadors of Goodwill for AIDS Patients Everywhere’ (AGAPE), an NGO.

Hostel warden V Prajavathi and supervisor G Elavarasan were arrested on Saturday and were released on bail after they were produced in the court on Sunday, said inspector Narasimha Reddy in reports. A case has been registered against them under section 75 of Juvenile Justice Act (subjecting children to cruelty).

However, inmates of the hostel themselves did not make any complaint against the two women and rather vouched for the facilities provided to them, said a senior police official.

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