Bihar Governor dismayed by shelter home sex abuse case

The case relates to mental, physical and sexual exploitation of the girls residing at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur.

Updated - June 09, 2020 12:26 pm IST

Published - August 01, 2018 04:23 pm IST - Patna

 Members of a social organisation protest against the Muzaffarpur shelter home case at Bihar Bhawan, in New Delhi on July 30, 2018.

Members of a social organisation protest against the Muzaffarpur shelter home case at Bihar Bhawan, in New Delhi on July 30, 2018.

Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik has written to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar, Union Law Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the Patna High Court Chief Justice Rajendra Menon expressing dismay at the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case.

While complimenting the State government for its quick action and recommending a probe by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the Governor stressed need for “developing an institutional mechanism” to ensure a regular social audit of shelter homes by competent institutions.

He also advocated trial by fast track courts of sexual abuse cases involving State-run shelter home inmates. The government should regularly monitor the conditions in shelter and short-stay homes across the State.

 

The Governor said the recommendations in the social audit report of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which exposed the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case, should be implemented.

Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should invite suggestions from the intelligentsia to prevent such incidents.

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