Amid hearing on shelter home rapes, heres what top court said

cases that the Supreme Court was referring to were filed under the POCSO Act, and not under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code

The Supreme Court pulled up the government of Bihar for not filing cases under the relevant law on allegations of sexual assault on children at shelter homes in the state.

It came about when the top court was hearing a case of multiple rapes at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur.

Many a faults were found in the way the Bihar government has been handling cases, it emerged.

It was done as a part of a larger audit of shelter homes.

The cases that the Supreme Court was referring to were filed under the POCSO Act, and not under Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code.

It is said that the top court said was of the view that it was not the correct way to handle them.

Brajesh Thakur is the key accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes.

In its defence, the Bihar government said it acted on the report without delay.

The Bihar chief secretary has been told to explain why First Information Reports or FIRs under Section 377 of the IPC have not been filed to deal with the cases.

Over 30 girls were raped and tortured at the home, before the crime was uncovered by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, based on conversations with several girls who alleged sexual assault earlier this year.

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