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Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rapes: SC Issues Notice To Bihar Government & CBI On Media Gag

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| September 11 , 2018 , 17:42 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday issued notice to the Bihar Government and the Central Bureau of Investigation on a plea challenging the Patna High Court order imposing a ban on the media from covering the investigation of the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case.

A division bench of the Supreme Court presided by Justice Deepak Gupta and Madan B Lokur was hearing the matter.

The two judge bench sought replies from the Bihar government and the Central Bureau of Investigation who is probing the case. The bench has scheduled the matter for hearing on September 18.

The Court observed that a balance has to be maintained and that a complete ban on reporting will not serve the purpose.

The Court has sought assistance from the counsel for the petitioner in framing guidelines over the question of media reporting in this case.

Earlier, the Supreme Court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the matter and had requested the media to exercise restraint while reporting on the instant case and had asked the electronic media not to telecast any images of the victims even in morphed or blurred form.

What Happened?

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.

Bihar Director General Of Police (DGP) KS Dwivedi, told the media that the medical examination of 34 girls out of the 42 shelter home inmates confirmed that they were sexually exploited.

More than 10 people, including all staff members of the shelter home and some government officials, have so far been arrested in this connection while all the inmates have been shifted to other districts.