Sexual abuse in almost all shelter homes across Bihar

Patna: Sexual abuse, varying in forms and degree of intensity, was prevalent in almost all shelter homes in Bihar, a TISS report made public by the Bihar government said.

The Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which had conducted social audit of short stay homes across Bihar, has found certain institutions stood out in a manner that was appalling.

The state government had commissioned audit by the TISS in 2017 and the report was submitted to the Social Welfare Department in April this year.

According to the 100-page report, the Muzaffarpur shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, prime accused in the sex abuse case, had been “running in a highly questionable manner along with grave instances of violence. Several girls reported about violence and being abused sexually”.

The medical reports latter confirmed rape of 34 inmates of the shelter home over a period of time.

Another home in the town, ‘Seva-Kutir’, run by the Om Sai Foundation, where disturbing instances and patterns of physical violence and abuse were reported by the inmates. Some of them also complained that they had been brought there on the pretext of being given work. The team could not access documents to ascertain this.

At Boys’ Children Home in the Motihari district run by NGO ‘Nirdesh’, serious physical violence and sexual abuse were reported by inmates. Older boys were clubbed in with younger ones for accommodation. Boys from both the groups reported sexual abuse and violence, the report alleged. Inmates of a home run by ‘Sakhi’ reported physical violence especially against women.

RJD demands resignation of BJP minister suresh sharma

  • The RJD in Bihar demanded resignation of state Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma over the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal and alleged that Chief Minister Nitish Kumar was wary of sacking him since he belonged to the BJP.
  • The party also said that former social welfare minister Manju Verma, who resigned last week and whose premises were raided by the CBI, was a small fry and monitoring of the probe by the Supreme Court was essential to catch the big sharks.
  • “Why is Nitish Kumar afraid of seeking the resignation of Suresh Sharma. Is it because the minister belongs to the BJP which is in power at the Centre,” RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav said.
  • “Suresh Sharma is known to be close to Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the scandal. If the CM thinks that the matter has been set to rest with the resignation of Verma, he is mistaken. We will force the government to drop Sharma from the Cabinet,” Yadav, who is the Leader of Opposition in Bihar Assembly, said.

Judicial remand of prime accused Thakur extended

  • The judicial remand of all the 10 accused in the shelter home sex scandal, including the alleged kingpin Brajesh Thakur, has been extended till September 12.
  • Tight security arrangements were in place inside the court premises and personal appearance of the accused in the court was done away with in view of the incidents of August 8 when some activists of a political outfit had attacked Thakur.