October 24, 2020

Exhume order for home victim

Patna: The Muzaffarpur district authority will initiate the process of exhuming the body of a resident of Balika Grih, a short-stay home for girls, on Monday.

Muzaffarpur district magistrate Mohammad Sohail said digging work will be carried out under the supervision of an executive magistrate, Sheela Kumari. The court had on Saturday granted permission to the district administration for carrying out the same.

The two girls, who had revealed to the court earlier in their statement that one of the girls was thrashed and killed allegedly by office-bearers of the non-government organisation, Seva Sankal Evam Vikas Samiti, when she had resisted a sexual assault a few years ago.

Sources said on Sunday that police had escorted the two girls, presently put up at a Mokama shelter home, to Muzaffarpur to the place where the girl’s body was purportedly dumped. Altogether 14 girls were shifted to the Mokama home from Muzaffarpur Balika Grih in May this year.

A senior police officer monitoring the probe said the police had launched a search for the body of the girl inmate of the state-funded Balika Grih who was allegedly beaten to death by the staff members.

Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur said one of the home inmates had recorded her statement in front of a judicial magistrate recently under Section 164 of the CrPC. “A search has begun for the body of the girl, said to have died of injuries caused by the assault” added the SSP.

Kaur said the shelter home had been sealed for over a month after allegations of sexual abuse of the girls came to the fore during social audit conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The report of the audit was submitted to the social welfare department, which directed the local officials to lodge a complaint.

“One of the girls alleged that the staff members of the home often assaulted the girl inmates and one of them had even died in the process,” Kaur said, adding that efforts were on to trace the body to verify the girl’s allegation.

Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav and former Union minister and former RJD MP Raghuvansh Prasad Singh had demanded a CBI probe into the matter.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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