29 girls raped in Bihar shelter

Opposition seeks HC-monitored CBI probe

July 24, 2018 09:40 pm | Updated 09:40 pm IST - Patna

RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav and Opposition legislators demonstrate against the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case at the Bihar Assembly in Patna on July 24, 2018.

RJD leaders Tejashwi Yadav and Tej Pratap Yadav and Opposition legislators demonstrate against the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case at the Bihar Assembly in Patna on July 24, 2018.

A day after the police said that 16 out of the 44 girls at a State-run shelter in Muzaffarpur had been sexually assaulted, the medical test results of 13 more girls have confirmed rape. A total of 42 girls had been sent for medical examination, and so far, in the cases of all the 29 girls whose reports are available, “sexual contact” has been confirmed, the police said. The medical reports of 13 more girls are still awaited. Two girls were not sent for a medical examination as they were unwell.

“Out of the 44 girls from the Muzaffarpur shelter home, 42 were medically examined and their reports now show 29 of them had had sexual contact. The remaining two girls were not well, so they could not be sent for a medical test,” State Director General of Police K.S. Dwivedi told journalists in Patna.

Mr Dwivedi also added that there was no need for a CBI inquiry as “he was satisfied with the investigation being conducted by the police department.”

He further said that 10 of the 11 accused had been arrested and sent to jail while “one Dilip Verma is still absconding”. When asked why a test identification parade had not been done as yet, Mr. Dwivedi said that it would be done if required. He also said that no girl was missing from the shelter home. “Four girls were reported missing from the shelter home from December 2013 to 2018. Of these, three have been reported dead, while one had married and was living in Muzaffarpur,” Mr. Dwivedi said.

Accusing the Nitish Kumar-led NDA government of protecting the main accused, Brajesh Thakur, the Opposition parties protested inside and in front of the State legislature on Tuesday, demanding a “High Court-monitored CBI inquiry into the case”.

An aggressive opposition led by the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) disrupted the proceedings in the Bihar Assembly and the legislative council.

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