Three teenage girls disappeared under mysterious circumstances from the rescue center on the campus of Sadar Kotwali District Women’s Hospital in Budaun, Uttar Pradesh, a senior official said on Tuesday.
The girls had previously been abducted within the confines of Kotwali Sahaswan, Wazirganj and Dataganj police stations, and rescued by police before being transferred to ‘One Stop Centre’.
One-stop shops are structures where girls, survivors of various illegal activities, are accommodated, from obtaining their medico-legal information to recording their testimony in court.
The girls went missing Monday night, an official said.
Three female gendarmes who were deployed to provide security for the girls have been suspended and a case has been filed against them.
District Magistrate Deepa Ranjan asked the district revenue officer to investigate the case.
One Stop Center sources said CCTV cameras installed on the hospital campus had been damaged by monkeys and therefore footage could not be obtained.
Center operator Neetu Singh said she was told about the case by a female constable in the morning. She said they couldn’t find the girls even after an intense search.
DM Deepa Ranjan said appropriate action will be taken against the culprits after investigation.
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