Sixteen girl inmates of shelter in Muzaffarpur raped

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first_imgSixteen inmates of a shelter at Muzaffarpur in Bihar have been raped, Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur told journalists on Monday. There were 44 girls living in the home run by an NGO under the supervision of the Social Welfare Department.In a social audit report prepared by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in May last, the inmates narrated their ordeals of sexual exploitation. Later, based on a 100-page TISS report, the department filed a police complaint.The NGO managing the shelter was owned by local politician Brajesh Thakur.The medical report of 21 girls have been submitted to the Muzaffarpur police and it confirms the rape of 16 inmates.Inmates shifted“All the girls have been shifted to shelters in Madhubani, Patna and Mokama for their safety. Most of the girls are 7-18 years old,” said Ms. Kaur.“During our investigation, one inmate told us that a girl who was killed after resisting sexual harassment by the staff was buried on the premises… the spot was identified by her and it was dug up on Monday but nothing was found there,” said the SSP.The excavation was later stopped and the pit filled up. A sample of the debris collected would be sent for forensic tests, she said. “Out of 11 named in the FIR, 10 persons, including main accused Brajesh Thakur have been arrested and sent to jail…charge sheet against them will be filed in three to four days.” Besides, Mr. Thakur, and staffers Ravi Raushan and Vikash Kumar, the other seven arrested persons are women employees of the NGO.Mr. Thakur also runs a vernacular newspaper Pratah Kamal , published from Muzaffarpur.Tejashwi Yadav seeks CBI probeOpposition RJD leaders demanded a CBI inquiry into the incident. Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly Tejashwi Yadav raised the issue in the House. He alleged that the government had not taken action earlier.“Since March, the Bihar government was aware of the repeated rape of over 40 minors in the Muzaffarpur shelter. Some big politicians and officials are said to be involved. The government only tried to cover it up… law and order has collapsed in the State,” Mr. Yadav said.last_img

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