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SC issues notice to ban publication of morphed images of Bihar shelter home children

55-year-old Brijesh Thakur, who ran the shelter home, has been arrested and chargesheeted along with nine others.

Patna: The child rapes at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur which shocked the entire nation have drawn the attention of the Supreme Court. The apex court issued notice to the state and the central government on Wednesday expressing concern about the girls, and said from now, publication of morphed images of the children will not be allowed.

The top court took suo motu cognizance of the nightmarish exploitation and torture of more than 30 minor girls.
The matter that has been going on for around four years became public in June after the Tata Institute of Social Sciences mentioned the grisly accounts from the children in their report.

55-year-old Brijesh Thakur, who ran the shelter home, has been arrested and chargesheeted along with nine others. He is the owner of a local daily, “Pratah Kamal”, and is well-known in the corridors of power in Patna. Thakur ran several non-profits and was a member of several state-level media committees, including the press accreditation, Press Information Bureau and the Bihar assembly press committee.

Photographs of the man laughing while being led away by the police, had triggered outrage on social media. Girls from the shelter home have said he was involved in the rapes, and torture that they had to bear with for years. His accomplice was the caretaker,  “Kiran Aunty”, who as well sexually abused the girls often.

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