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It Appears, All The Wrong-Doings Were State Funded: SC Slams Bihar Govt. On Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes

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| August 15 , 2018 , 14:01 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Bihar government for the alleged rape of 34 inmates of a government-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur district of the state.

A three-judge bench of Justice M B Lokur, Justice Deepak Gupta and Justice KM Joseph were hearing the matter where the court had earlier taken suo moto cognizance of  the incident in the shelter home run by an NGO and issued notices to the Bihar government and the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development

Raising concerns over the increasing crime rates, Justice M B Lokur said, “What is going on in the country? In the year 2016 astonishing number of 38, 947 rapes were committed which means 106 rapes a day, every six hours somebody is raped…look somebody has to wake up.. these incidents must stop.”

Earlier this month, the apex court restricted the media coverage of this matter and issued a strict guidelines to all the media groups and publications.

The bench also said, “Was the credentials of this NGO which runs the home-Seva Sankalp and Vikas Samiti been verified? If you are doling out funds to NGOs without verifying their credentials, it almost amounts to state involvement. It will appear that all their wrongdoings are state funded. The state will have to take the responsibility.”

Earlier on August 2, the court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the matter and had appointed Advocate Aparna Bhat as the amicus curiae in the case.

The bench asked senior advocate Ranjit Kumar who appeared for the Bihar government, “Was social audit being conducted regularly? Have you taken action against NGOs? How many NGOs involved?”

Reports of repeated sexual abuse of inmates at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur surfaced in the wake of a social audit by Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). Education body had carried out a social audit of shelter homes running across the state of Bihar. In its report to the state government, it alleged abuse of inmates.