CBI takes over probe into Muzaffarpur shelter case

The CBI has re-registered an FIR into the case of alleged mental, physical and sexual exploitation of 34 minor girls at a shelter home at Muzaffarpur, Bihar.

Among the accused are officials and employees, including six women, of the shelter home. The case has been registered under the Indian Penal Code and the POCSO Act on the request of the State government. The CBI may soon seek the custodial interrogation of the 10 accused arrested by the police.

The police registered the FIR on May 31, alleging sexual abuse at Balika Grih on Sahu Road, Muzaffarpur, following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences that exposed sexual and physical exploitation of many girls in 15 shelter and short-stay homes in the State. The Muzaffarpur shelter is run by Sankalp Evan Vikas Samiti, an NGO run by Brajesh Thakur, the main accused. Earlier this week, the State government referred the case to the CBI after the issue was raised in Parliamentand Opposition leaders demanded a thorough investigation.

In all, 42 girls in the shelter home were sent for examination to the Patna Medical College and Hospital. Reports on 34 have established sexual abuse.

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