News By/Courtesy: Hiranshi Shah | 31 Jul 2018 20:26pm IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • The case came to light when a report was submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai to Bihar’s Social Welfare Department in April 2018
  • In May 2018, the Social Welfare Department of Bihar had also registered an FIR at a women’s police station in Muzaffarpur based on the audit report
  • Ten out of 11 accused have been arrested, including Brajesh Thakur and seven women employees of the shelter

In the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case, over 34 girls were alleged to have been sexually abused. The shelter home was run by NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Samiti which is headed by Brajesh Kumar Thakur. The shelter home had entered into an agreement with Social Welfare Department of Bihar on 24th October 2013 and commenced its operations on 1st November 2013. This case came to light when a report was submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai to Bihar’s Social Welfare Department in April 2018. The TISS had prepared a report on the conditions of shelter and short-stay homes in the state and Report has revealed that girls at a Muzaffarpur shelter home, Balika Grih were being sexually abused.  In May 2018, the Social Welfare Department of Bihar had also registered an FIR at a women’s police station in Muzaffarpur based on the audit report. Subsequently, police arrested Brajesh Thakur who is the man which responsible for looking after the shelter.

According to records of shelter home, 471 girls have been staying there for 5 years, among which four ran away and three died. An investigating officer said that they are trying to find out these "missing" girls too. On 29th July 2018, the investigation of this case was handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). A charge-sheet has been filed by the CBI against the 11 accused. Ten out of 11 accused have been arrested, including Brajesh Thakur and seven women employees of the shelter. Another accused, Dilip Kumar Verma absconded and a proclamation notice has been issued against him by a special court. On 29th July 2018, Muzaffarpur Senior Superintendent of Police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur said that "Medical reports confirmed sexual abuse of 34 out of 42 girls. The number of victims in Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case has been increased after the fresh medical report.  Earlier, medical reports of 42 inmates of 'Balika Grih' in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district had confirmed rape of 29 girls, aged between seven and 17."

Now, NGO had been blacklisted. All girls rescued from the Muzaffarpur shelter home and they are now staying at the Nazareth Academy.  At the time when Statement has been given by victims to the magistrate under Section 164, most of the girls said that: "They were repeatedly raped by the owner of the NGO Brajesh Thakur; they were giving “keede maarne ki dawa" (drugs) which made them unconscious. They always woke up naked and in pain. They were forced to them for wearing the skimpy clothes and dance in front of outsiders and if they refused then Roshan would beat them. Some of the girls said they were tortured, drugged and raped almost every day. Three girls had alleged that one inmate had been murdered and buried on the campus. However, nothing was found by the police while the investigation. 

Section Editor: Shilpa Rani | 31 Jul 2018 21:06pm IST


Tags : #India #Bihar #ShelterHome #RapeCases #NGO

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