September 20, 2020

Bihar shelter rape case: CBI seizes crucial documents from senior bureaucrat’s office

 The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has seized crucial documents from the office of Principal Secretary (Social Welfare), Bihar, in connection with the sexual assault on the girls of Muzaffarpur’s shelter home.

Sources in the agency told India Today, the documents have been seized to ascertain the facts that how the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, which ran the state-funded shelter home, was given license.

Its important for us to investigate on what basis the license was give to this NGO and if government officials were involved in getting the work done, said a senior CBI official.

However, agency maintains that as of now, only documents have been seized and it will take them time to question the officials.

Earlier, the police registered a case against officers and employees of Balika Grih Sahu, Muzaffarpur, in connection with the mental, physical and sexual exploitation of girls residing at the children’s home.

It has been alleged that officials and employees of the children’s home run by Seva Sankalp Evam Vikash Samiti used to mentally, physically and sexually exploit girls residing there.

Girls between the age of 7 to 17 years have alleged that they were raped and sexually assaulted in the shelter home. Most of these girls suffer from speech-impairment and were given sedatives in dinner to facilitate their rape at night. Those who resisted were beaten up by the employees of the shelter home. A medical report suggested that at least 34 girls have been raped in this shelter home.

CBI has taken over the investigation of FIR lodged on May 31 registered under section 120(B), 376, 34 of IPC and section 4, 6, 8,10,12 of POCSO Act.

Brajesh Kumar Thakur, who was running the shelter home was arrested and is in judicial custody with his associates.

The case came to light when Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, in its audit report found instances of violence and abuse in this shelter home.

Medical examination revealed that out of 41 girls, 34 were sexually assaulted and raped.

Courtesy: India Today

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