Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Girls forced to dance on vulgar songs, have sex, says CBI

Thakur used to beat the girls on their private parts if they refused to have sex with guests.

Patna: The girls of Muzaffarpur shelter home were forced to dance with scanty clothes on vulgar songs and have sex with the guests of Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the sexual abuse case, the Central Bureau of Investigation said in their charge sheet.

Apart from Brajesh Thakur, other 20 accused people, including the staff of the home – have been charged with serious crimes under the Protection of Children From Sexual Offences Act or POCSO Act.

As mentioned in the chargesheet, the young girls were forced to wear revealing clothes, dance to “Bhojpuri songs”, drugged and made to lie down. The central probing agency also said that they were raped in that state.

The CBI also stated that the shelter home owned by Thakur was run by the non-governmental Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti. Thakur was charged for abusing the inmates sexually. If the girls refused to have sex with the guests, Thakur used to beat them on private parts.

Ravi Kumar Roshan, a child protection officer, was accused of exploiting the girls. Vikas Kumar, a member of the child welfare committe (CWC), often drugged the girls with sleeping pills to rape them. Dilip Kumar Verma, CWC chairman, was allegedly assaulted the minors sexually. Verma was referred as ‘ganda aadmi’ (dirty man) by the survivors.

A social audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences or TISS revealed the sexual exploitation of dozens of girls in the government-run shelter over a period of 10 years. After the medical test were conducted, it was found out that as many as 34 of the 42 girls at the home were sexually assaulted. The four-storey home has now been razed.

The main accussed, Brajesh Thakur a well politically connected man was said to be close to politicians in the ruling Janata Dal (United) government. Mr Thakur was described as “a very influential man” and recommended shifting him to a jail outside the state to prevent any “obstruction to the ongoing probe” by the Top Court.