Police confirms, 29 of 44 minor girls raped in Bihar shelter home

DGP rules out CBI probe of an episode that shook the nation

Patna.

The Director General of Bihar police KS Dwivedi on Wednesday confirmed that 29 of the 41 minor girls rescued from a government shelter home in Muzaffarpur were raped. However, he refused the home ministry’s proposal for a CBI probe.

Dwivedi told press people that owner of the shelter home Brajesh Thakur and 10 others have been arrested in connection with this matter as of yet.

Amidst accusations the owner of the shelter enjoys being in the good books of state politicians including the Chief Minister, the top cop announced that Bihar will not be seeking a CBI inquiry into the matter despite members of parliament asking for it in the Lok Sabha yesterday.

While addressing media, Dwivedi said that 42 out of the 44 girls rescued from the shelter home were subjected to medical examination. The remaining two were not sent for medical tests until Tuesday afternoon since they were unwell, he added.

The top cop also confirmed that 10 of the 11 accused in the case including shelter home owner Brajesh Thakur have been arrested so far. When asked about the political clout of those accused in the case, Dwivedi refused to comment.

Allegations of sexual abuse with minor girls at Balika Graha, a government-funded shelter home surfaced following a report by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Members of the institute undertook a social audit in Bihar last year, the report of which included shocking revelations against the shelter home operated by an NGO, Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti of which accused Brajesh Thakur is the owner.

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