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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes: CBI Unearths Skeleton From Burial Site

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| October 5 , 2018 , 12:17 IST

The Central Bureau of Investigation on Thursday told the Supreme Court that they unearthed the skeleton of a 15-year-old girl at a cremation site in Bihar during its inquiry into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases.

p>This development came just a day after the investigation agency began to excavate a grave in Muzaffarpur, where it is suspected that the remains of some of the girls, who were sexually abused at the shelter home, could be buried.

An officer familiar with the investigation told the media that Some of the victims in the shelter home had alleged that a few of their fellow inmates were killed and buried after being raped.

Existing Mechanism Is Inadequate To Curb Incidents Of Sexual Abuse 

The Supreme Court Thursday said the existing mechanism was “not adequate” to curb incidents of sexual abuse of children and girls at shelter homes

A bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and comprising of Justice S A Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta said, “The existing mechanism is not adequate. If it was adequate then what had happened in Muzaffarpur would not have happened."

The bench further said, “There are two things. One is that some states admitting such things have happened and if such things have happened, some corrective steps have to be taken. The second is where some states may not admit it. Some states may say that please do not register FIRs of rape so that our record looks good,"

The bench asked the MWCD's counsel to call the joint secretary of the ministry so that modalities to deal with the issue could be understood. "We will understand what is proposed to be done," the bench said.

Lifting The Media Gag

The Supreme Court on September 20 quashed the Patna High Court’s order imposing ban on the reporting of the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape Case.

A division bench presided by Justice Madan B Lokur and Justice Deepak Gupta set aside the August 23 order of the Patna High Court allowing the media agencies to report about the incident but has asked the media not to publish any picture of the victims whether morphed or blur.

The bench asked its registry to issue notices to the PCI, Editors’ Guild of India, News Broadcasting Standards Authority and News Broadcasters Association to assist the court and posted the matter for hearing after two weeks.