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SC Slams Bihar Government Over Not Handling The Shelter Home Cases Seriously

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| November 27 , 2018 , 13:53 IST

The Supreme Court on Tuesday hauled the Bihar government for not filing FIRs under the relevant law on allegations of "sodomy" of children at shelter homes and gave 24 hours to add charges under Section 377 (sodomy) of the IPC and POCSO Act in the FIR.

The court called the state government's behaviour "shameful" and "inhuman" for not including more strict sections of the Indian law when local police filed FIRs in the matter. 

There are 17 shelter homes indicted in the study by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences. But, criminal cases have only been registered against 10 shelter homes. The Supreme Court noted this too that it has not been done under the appropriate criminal provisions.

One of among these shelter homes specifically received particular attention when TISS report highlighted that girls at that shelter home were regularly raped, beaten and terrorized.

This shelter home was owned by Brajesh Thakur and is in Muzaffarpur. Brajesh was the prime accused in the case and is currently under arrest.

CBI investigating at Muzaffarpur shelter home

The report revealed, “The girls who stayed at the shelter home were "regularly" molested by the men employed as staff members. The men even used to enter the girl's rooms at odd hours and hit them on their private parts."

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The court asked CBI counsel to take instruction and inform the court by tomorrow whether it could take up all cases for investigation. The CBI is currently investigating only the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.