Abuse at Muzaffarpur home shames us: Nitish

Two months after a case of rape of minor inmates of a shelter home in Muzaffarpur was lodged, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday broke his silence on the incident and said he was ashamed. He said he would like to have a “High Court-monitored” CBI inquiry into the case and added that nobody found guilty would be spared.

Opposition parties have been demanding a HC-monitored CBI inquiry.

RJD to hold dharnas

The Rashtriya Janata Dal has announced dharnas across the country on Saturday. Leader of the Opposition in Bihar Tejaswi Yadav will sit on a dharna at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi. Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Samajwadi Party leader Akhilesh Yadav and others are likely to join him.

On Thursday, the Left parties had called a Bihar bandh, demanding Mr. Kumar’s resignation.

“The Muzaffarpur incident is a heinous act and it has shamed us… The guilty in the case will not be spared… I’ve asked our Attorney General to request the High Court to monitor the CBI probe…,” Mr. Kumar said at a government programme for women empowerment here.

“Such incidents happen due to the absence of an institutional mechanism… Things will be made transparent now and as long as I am here there will be no compromise, on the law and order front.”

Emerging from the programme, Social Welfare Department Minister Manju Verma not only refused to answer questions, but her security personnel pushed media persons causing some of them to fall.

Ms. Verma’s husband was earlier accused of frequenting the Muzaffarpur shelter home, a charge she had denied, claiming “it was all politically motivated.”

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