Patna: Amidst public outrage over the alleged sexual abuse of girls at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur, the Bihar Social Welfare Department on Sunday suspended 14 officials on account of their ‘negligence and dereliction of duty.
The suspended officials include seven assistant directors of Child Protection Units, six district child protection officers and superintendent of a remand home for juvenile prisoners.
The notifications of their suspension, which were issued on Saturday were uploaded on the department’s website on Sunday. All the officials have been suspended with immediate effect and attached to the offices of the divisional commissioners concerned.
The suspended officials include assistant directors of child protection units in Muzaffarpur, Munger, Araria, Madhubani, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Bhojpur districts.
All the officials have been charged with “failure to take adequate legal action” with regard to “assault, indecent behaviour and other undesirable activities” at shelter homes within their respective areas of jurisdiction.