Following inputs by one of the minor girls rescued from a government shelter here, police officials have launched a search for the body of another minor who was allegedly beaten to death by the owner of the government shelter. Police had rescued more than 21 minors from the shelter in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur earlier last week.
Police officials investigating the matter are in the process of digging up the area surrounding the government shelter. Reports hint that law enforcement officials suspect the girl’s body to be buried beneath the government shelter.
Harpreet Kaur, SSP (Muzaffarpur) said that teams of the local police have been formed to locate the body of the girl who was allegedly beaten to death by staffers of the shelter home following an argument. As of 2.00 pm on Monday, the body has still not been found.
In a shocking development that emerged in the case yesterday, medical examinations of the girls rescued from the shelter had revealed that as many as 16 of the girls had been subjected to rape.
A police officer probing the case told a news agency that eight more girls are being examined to establish whether they were also sexually assaulted by the owner of the shelter. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has alleged that the owner of the shelter home is close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.
Minister of Parliament (MP) from Bihar’s Madhepura, Pappu Yadav raised the issue in the Lok Sabha today demanding a CBI inquiry into the case.
Rampant physical and sexual abuse at the government shelter in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur came to light after Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) conducted a social audit of the shelter, Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti.
As of yet, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the widespread abuse of young girls at the shelter. A police investigation into the matter is currently underway.>