Bihar CM calls Muzaffarpur rape scandal ‘shameful’, wants HC to monitor CBI probe

New Delhi: Breaking his silence over the horrific Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said on Friday that the incident has brought shame to the entire state while assuring that severe punishment will be given to those guilty.

Nitish said that though CBI is probing the case, high court should also monitor the progress being made in the investigation. “We are shamed by such an incident occurring in our state. The CBI probe into the case should be monitored by the high court,” he said.

Over 30-40 girls at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur which was run by Brajesh Thakur’s NGO ‘Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti’ were sexually assaulted repeatedly for over months. The owner of the shelter is said to have political connections.

With a medical board of the Patna Medical College Hospital (PMCH) confirming that a majority of the inmates were sexually abused, Kumar is under intense pressure to act against the culprits. Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader Tejashwi Yadav has also accused the ruling JDU-BJP government of shielding the culprits.

An FIR was lodged on May 31 against 11 persons in the case. Ten out of the 11 accused, including Thakur, were arrested on June 3.

“We will stage a dharna against the heinous institutional mass rape in Muzaffarpur, sponsored and protected by the Nitish Kumar government, at Jantar Mantar on August 4. Request everybody to attend,” the RJD leader tweeted recently.

On Thursday, the Supreme Court banned the media from using photographs of the victims even if they have been blurred. It also asked the media to refrain from interviewing the girls because they “should not be compelled to relive their trauma repeatedly”.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences had uncovered the sexual abuse scam while performing a social audit of 110 institutions across Bihar in May. The CBI took over the case a few days ago.

(With inputs from ANI)