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Pratapgarh: At least 26 women were found missing from two shelter homes in Pratapgarh during surprise checks conducted by the district administration, officials said on Thursday.

During the inspection of Jagrati Shelter Home in Ashtbhuja Nagar, which is run by former district BJP Mahila Morcha Chief Rama Mishra, district magistrate Shambhu Kumar found that 15 women were registered but only one woman was present there, officials said.

The shelter home manager said the other registered women had gone out for work.

During the check at the other shelter home in Achalpur, sub-divisional magistrate Satya Prakash Singh found 12 women missing out of the total 15 who were registered.

The caretaker of this home, Neha Praveen, said they were not getting external funding and the shelter was being run with their personal resources.

The district magistrate said 26 women in total were found missing and a probe is on in the matter.

The inspection at the shelter homes were conducted at the back of recent exposes in the shelter homes of Deoria in Uttar Pradesh and Muzaffarnagar in Bihar.

Recently in Deoria twenty-four girls swere rescued from a shelter home after an allegation of their sexual exploitation came to light.This case comes close on the heels of alleged sexual abuse of young girls at a State-funded shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

The activities at the shelter home came to the fore when a girl managed to flee from there. She reached a police station and informed them about the plight of the inmates.

“Many times white, black and red cars used to come and take away the girls. When they returned in the morning, they used to cry,” the girl alleged.

The SP Deoria was directed by the UP Police Headquarters in Lucknow to take stern action against the culprits.