SC raps Bihar government for ‘shameful’, ‘inhuman’ handling of FIR in Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case

New Delhi:

The Supreme Court on Tuesday rapped Bihar Government for over failure to fire proper FIR in Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case.

The court slammed the state government over inept FIR calling it shameful and inhuman.

“What are you  doing? It’s shameful. If the child is sodomised you say it’s nothing? How can you do this? It’s inhuman. We were told that matter will be looked with great seriousness, this is seriousness? Every time I read this file it’s tragic,” said the Apex Court Bench.

While hearing petitions alleging that the state is soft on the accused, the Apex Court gave Bihar government 24-hour ultimatum to file appropriate FIR with additional charges under Section 377 and POCSO Act.

“If we find that there were offences under Section 377 IPC and POCSO Act and you did not register FIR, we will pass an order against the government,” the bench headed by CJI Ranjan Gogoi said.

The SC Bench hinted at inclination to shift the probe to CBI following state government’s reckless attitude in the case.

According to an audit report submitted by TISS to state’s social welfare department over 30 girls were raped at the shelter home run by key accused Brajesh Thakur.

Thakur is the head of a state-funded NGO and is in a jail in Patiala currently on Supreme Court’s order.

Meanwhile, a CBI court in Muzaffarpur has extended the remand of Thakur’s two key aides, Madhu Kumari and Ashwani, by four days.

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