PATNA: An FIR has been lodged against an NGO running a government-owned children’s home for girls in Muzaffarpur for alleged sexual exploitation of the inmates. The matter came to light through an audit report of the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
The FIR was lodged with the Women’s police station in Muzaffarpur on May 31 by district child protection unit’s assistant director Dibesh Kumar Sharma. The children’s home, located on Sahu Road, was run by the Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti with which the state government had entered into a contract for running the home for girls rescued from traffickers.
“The 46 girls residing at this home have been shifted to other such homes in the state,” Sharma said, adding the girls belonged to the age group of 6-18 years.
Sharma said the TISS in its report said the children’s home was found running in a highly questionable manner and grave instances of violence were reported by the inmates. Several girls complained about being abused sexually.
Muzaffarpur SSP Harpreet Kaur, who visited the children’s home on Saturday evening and conducted investigation, told TOI over the phone that two teams consisting of women police officers and counsellors had been sent to the places where the girls had been shifted.
“The teams will record their statements. The NGO proprietor, Brajesh Thakur, and its other functionaries were quizzed on Saturday. Action will be taken once we get evidence,” the SSP said.