National

SC Transfers Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Sexual Assault Case From Bihar To Delhi

PRERNA YADAV | 0
2795
| February 7 , 2019 , 13:21 IST

The Supreme Court on Thursday ordered the transfer of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case from Bihar to a court in New Delhi and slammed the state government for its management of shelter homes.

A bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said the cases should be transferred from the Bihar CBI court to a POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) Saket trial court within two weeks. It ordered the Saket trial court to conclude the trial within six months.

A bench asked the investigating agency to file an affidavit giving an explanation.

"Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children," the top court told the Bihar government.

It ordered the Saket trial court to conclude the trial within six months.

The apex court also rapped the CBI for transferring its officer probing the sexual assault case and said it amounted to a violation of its order.

The court also slammed the Bihar government for its management of the shelter homes and questioned it over the incomplete information provided by it on the status of shelter homes in the state.

“Give us details of the 110 shelter homes in the state. How many inmates are there? How is the state giving assistance and what is the number of male and female inmates,” Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi said.

In November last year, the Supreme Court had transferred 16 cases related to the sexual and mental exploitation of children in Bihar shelter homes to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The court had then asked CBI to file a status report by January 31.

Last month, the CBI had registered two fresh FIRs on the alleged abuse of children in two shelter homes in Gaya and Bhagalpur. This is in addition to its ongoing probe into sexual assault with minor girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home.

The Supreme Court had directed the CBI to probe alleged abuse of inmates at 17 shelter homes listed in the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) study.