SC lashes out Bihar government for backing Muzaffarpur shelter home

The bench referred to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that every six hours, a woman is raped in India.

Published: 07th August 2018 03:03 PM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2018 06:19 AM   |  A+A-

Police investigate the site where a rape victim was allegedly buried at a government shelter home in Muzaffarpur. (File photo | PTI)

By Express News Service

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday, while hearing the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case, expressed concern over incidents of rape in India and said that women are being raped “left, right, and centre”.

A Bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M pulled up the Bihar government for funding an NGO which ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur where girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused.

Slamming the Nitish Kumar-led government over the allotment of public funds to NGOs running shelter homes in the state and their usage saying, the Bench said that the “money is being given without even verifying the credentials of the organisation”.

“All this means is that people are payin taxes and people’s money are being used for such activities. Can you imagine this?” the bench said.

Senior advocate Ranjit Kumar, appearing for Bihar, said that the state has taken necessary steps after the incident came to light.

The counsel representing TISS said that Muzaffarpur’s incident was not the only one in Bihar as out of 110 such NGO-run institutions in the state, “grave concerns” have been raised about 15 institutions which were government funded.

Kumar said that out of these 15 institutions, FIRs have been lodged in nine matters, including the one in Muzaffarpur shelter home, and people have been arrested in connection with these cases.

During the hearing, Amicus Curiae Aparna Bhatt told the Bench that of the 41 girls have been rescued and one girl is missing.

The Bench said that it would be better to have a proper monitoring system to check the day-to-day activities in such shelter homes run by NGOs. 

The Bench also directed the Ministry of Women and Child Development to appraise it about the steps to be taken to prevent sexual abuse of minors in shelter homes across the country citing the National Crime Records Bureau.


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  • Hari

    Nitish govt should be dismissed for running this sex racket when JD(U) minister and politicians are involved. Why the involved minister is still in cabinet which is matter of concern and surprise? SC should direct Central govt to dismiss such rapist Nitish govt and President rule should be imposed in Bihar.
    4 years ago reply
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