October 23, 2020

Officer Ravi Roushan on remand in connection with the sexual exploitation of minor girls

Patna/Muzaffarpur: District police on Saturday took suspended child protection officer Ravi Roushan on remand for 48 hours in connection with the sexual exploitation of minor girls living at the government funded short stay home in Muzaffarpur.

The special investigation team (SIT) is all set to make more arrests in connection with the case. The girls have identified some more suspects in the case with their photographs. The police have so far arrested 10 persons, including proprietor of an NGO, which was running the shelter home.

On Friday, station house officer of Mahila Police Station Jyoti had prayed to the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (Posco) court to allow Ravi Roushan’s three-day remand. The court allowed two-day remand.

Ravi’s name surfaced for his alleged involvement in physical assault and sexual exploitation of minor girls staying at a shelter home (Balika Girh) run by the state government-funded Seva Sankalp Vikas Sansthan.

Sadar police arrested Ravi who was evading arrest since June 24. A host of minor girls who underwent horrific sexual harassment at the hands of their caretakers including suspended child protection officer Ravi Roushan accused him in Posco court under Section 164 of IPC for outraging their modesty.

Following this, Ravi was arrested.

Senior SP Harprit Kaur said so far 10 persons were involved in sexual exploitation have been arrested and forwarded to judicial custody.

They are languishing at the Khudiram Bose Memorial Central Jail in Muzaffarpur.

The girls who stayed at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur have been shifted to Patna and it’s adjoining districts.

City deputy SP Mukul Kumar Ranjan said he has reviewed the sexual exploitation case of minor girls of the shelter home at length with the investigation officer and the police would soon file charge heet in the court. Police said the chairman of child welfare committee Dilip Kumar Verma and its member Vikas Kumar were still at large.

Courtesy: The Telegraph

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