Muzaffarpur shelter case

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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape case refers to a shelter home that ran under a non-governmental organization called "Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti" at Muzaffarpur, Bihar, where cases of sexual abuse, rape and torture were reported. In a medical examination, sexual abuse of 34 out of 42 inmates living at the shelter was confirmed.

A first information report was lodged against 12 people on May 31, 2018.[1] Brajesh Thakur was the chief of the state-funded NGO, ran several other NGOs and a Hindi newspaper called 'Pratah Kamal'.[2] Because of the political connections of Brajesh Thakur and the involvement of government officials and the apparent delay in investigation and CBI interference, the case drew criticism of Nitish Kumar's government by opposition and the Supreme Court of India.[3][4]

Discovery[edit]

In May 2018, reports of repeated sexual abuse of inmates at a short stay home in Muzaffarpur, India, surfaced after Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) carried out a social audit of shelter homes across Bihar for 2017. The audit report pointed to sexual abuse of girls at the Muzaffarpur short-stay home. TISS submitted its report in April 2018 and the government after its review registered the FIR on 31 May. Following the expose, the girls were rescued from the shelter home and shifted to Madhubani, Patna and Mokama. [5]

Later the medical board of Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) in June confirmed the sexual abuse of a majority of the girls of the ‘Balika Grih’. Brajesh Thakur, main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, has been booked in another case after it was found that 11 women were missing from another shelter home his NGO ran. Of the 42 girls housed at Balika Grih, medical tests have confirmed sexual assault on 34. While girls were allegedly forced to undergo abortion, one was allegedly killed and buried on the shelter home campus. In late June the authorities dug the vacant space inside the Muzaffarpur short-stay home over allegations that one girl was allegedly killed and buried after an argument with the staff. The authorities, however, did not find any human body. [6]

On 2 August 2018, Supreme Court of India took a suo moto cognizance in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.[7]

Brajesh Thakur is the prime accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home case where 34 girls, aged between 7 and 17, were raped for months. Ten out of 11 accused have been arrested, including Thakur and the then district child protection officer. They are to be tried under the POCSO act.[8] The case was later transferred to the CBI which has taken over the probe and has obtained all relevant documents from the local police. [9]

Reactions[edit]

On 3 August, the Supreme court of India reprimanded media organizations for repeatedly interviewing the accused to avoid traumatizing them and asked for pictures not to be published, even in morphed form.[10]

On 4 August, some political parties led a statewide strike in Bihar, which was also supported by the Congress and RJD.[11] There was a protest at Jantar Mantar at New Delhi, organized by 12 different political parties together, in a show of unity.[12][13]

February 12,2019...

The transfer of the Muzaffarpur shelter home trial to Delhi by Supreme court.

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes: Supreme Court pulls up Bihar govt, asks why state was funding NGO that raped girls - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  2. ^ "Accused In Bihar's Child Rapes Has A Shocking Response To Arrest: A Grin". NDTV.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  3. ^ "Nitish Kumar has traced the real culprit in the Muzaffarpur shelter home outrage - the 'system'". www.dailyo.in. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  4. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes: Supreme Court pulls up Bihar govt, asks why state was funding NGO that raped girls - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  5. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Brajesh Thakur- under his care 34 girls were 'sexually assaulted'". 5 August 2018.
  6. ^ "29 of 44 girls in Muzaffarpur shelter home raped, Bihar rules out CBI probe". 24 July 2018.
  7. ^ ANI (2018-08-02). "SC takes suo motu cognizance in Muzaffarpur shelter case". Business Standard India. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  8. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case: Main accused Brajesh Thakur fears threat to life - Times of India".
  9. ^ "Muzaffarpur: 11 women found missing from another shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur's NGO, case lodged". 31 July 2018.
  10. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case: Supreme Court completely restrains photos of occupants and interviews in media - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  11. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case: Day-long bandh by Left parties hits daily life in Bihar; Opposition lends support to strike - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  12. ^ "Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes: Opposition targets Bihar govt at Tejashwi Yadav-led Jantar Mantar protest - Firstpost". www.firstpost.com. Retrieved 2018-08-07.
  13. ^ "12 parties hold hands at Jantar Mantar: 'As you see, Opposition stands united'". The Indian Express. 2018-08-05. Retrieved 2018-08-07.