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The Supreme Court on the conduct of the shameful and inhuman, home affairs of the Bihar government's shelter

Staff reporter, New Delhi
27/11/2018   0 Comments

The fierce Supreme Court has expressed great sorrow with the first information report registered by the Bihar government in many cases of sexual and mental abuse of children on the sheltered homes in the state. A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur blamed the Bihar government for registering a "soft" FIR in the matter, which deals with sexual, mental and physical exploitation of boys and girls registered in nine sheltered homes in the state. The court referred to the behavior of the state government as "shameful" and "inhuman", when Indian police filed an FIR in this case, then did not call for more stringent sections of Indian law. In particular, the court asked why the Section 377 of Indian Penal Code was not filed in FIR.

An FIR was registered after the Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TIS) reports that boys and girls were sexually abused in sheltered homes in Bihar. One of these shelter homes was given special attention: a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, owned by Brajesh Thakur. The tissue report said that girls were raped, beaten and terrorized regularly at that shelter house. Today, a petition has been brought to the notice of the Supreme Court that the FIR registered by the Bihar Police was "soft" because they did not call for strict sections like Section 377 of the Indian Penal Code. The petitioner told the court, "He has registered a crime under minor allegations." This is headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur, who is leading the three Judicial Bench at the hearing of Muzaffarpur Shelter House case.

The Supreme Court also asked the Bihar Government why the proper action was not taken after the Tiss report submitted to the state government in May. The court said that this shelter can be handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation. The CBI is currently only investigating the Muzaffarpur Shelter House case.

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