A minor was Raped, killed, and buried on campus, says survivor

A minor was Raped, killed, and buried on campus, says survivor
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In Muzaffarpur police dug up the premises of the government childrens home balika grih on Sahu Road under the Town police station to locate the remains of a minor girl, who was allegedly killed and buried on the campus

PATNA: In Muzaffarpur police dug up the premises of the government children's home (balika grih) on Sahu Road under the Town police station to locate the remains of a minor girl, who was allegedly killed and buried on the campus. The police acted based on the statement of one of the rape survivors of the children home, who in her statement before a magistrate said that one of the girl victims was beaten up inside the home and died of injuries and the authorities buried her body on the campus.

The matter was highlighted after the audit report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS, Mumbai) mentioned sexual and physical assault on the minor girls living at the children home. Subsequently, an FIR was lodged on May 31 against the NGO Sewa Sankalp Ewam Vikas Samiti, which was running the children home, and its office-bearers. Ten persons, including NGO owner Brajesh Thakur and its seven women office-bearers, child welfare committee member Vikash Kumar and child protection officer Ravi Kumar Raushan have been arrested in the case so far.

"Nothing has been found so far at the shelter home premises where digging is underway. We are conducting a thorough investigation, police is working independently," SSP Harpreet Kaur said.

The medical examination reports have suggested rape of 16 girls. 44 children were housed at Muzaffarpur children home. 14 of them have been shifted to Madhubani and rest 30 to two different homes in Patna after the FIR was lodged.

The SSP has said charge-sheet will be filed against the ten accused within a week and police have also moved court for proclamation notice against another child welfare committee member Dilip Kumar Verma, who is evading arrest.

On sunday Madhepura MP Rajesh Ranjan alias Pappu Yadav of Jan Adhikar Party (Loktantrik) demanded CBI inquiry into the case. Yadav said it is clear from the medical reports of the victims that they were raped inside the children home. “People must know about the politicians and bureaucrats involved in the case,” he said. Yadav also said he would bring adjournment motion in Parliament demanding a CBI inquiry into the case.

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