PATNA: The Opposition parties on Monday demanded a CBI inquiry into the alleged sexual assaults on several inmates at a government-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur.
Both Houses of the State legislature saw protests by Opposition legislators who accused the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government of failing to ensure the safety of women in the state.
Alleging that several top government officials were involved in the Muzaffarpur incidents, RJD MLAs demanded a CBI probe into the scandal. “The government was well aware of the repeated incidents of rape that nearly 40 minor girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home endured for years, but no action was taken. Now a cover-up exercise is in full swing,” said Tejashwi Yadav, Leader of the Opposition in the Assembly.
His mother Rabri Devi, who is the leader of the Opposition in the Legislative Council, said: “A lot of top people are involved in this injustice with the minor girls in Muzaffarpur. We demand a CBI probe and proper punishment to all those guilty”.
Madhepura MP and chief of Jan Adhikar Party, Pappu Yadav, also raised the issue in Lok Sabha and demanded a CBI probe.
Meanwhile, excavation work was carried out on the backyard of the shelter home run by the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti in Muzaffarpur on Monday in an effort to trace the mortal remains of an inmate who was allegedly killed after sexual assault and buried there.
“The excavation found no such remains today. We have collected the soil and sent it for a forensic examination. Efforts are on to find other locations where further excavation may be conducted,” said Muzaffarpur SSP Harpreet Kaur.