Muzaffarpur shelter home case: SC asks Union of India to consider framing child protection policy

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 14, 2018, 04:39 PM(IST)

File photo: Supreme Court of India. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

The Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Union of India to draft a child protection policy amidst the ongoing Muzaffarpur shelter home case. 

The alleged sex scandal in Muzaffarpur surfaced in April in a social audit conducted by Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences. More than 30 girls had been lodged at the shelter home and medical reports suggest that over half of them may have had sexual intercourse at some point of time.

An FIR was lodged by the state social welfare department in June, which led to the arrest of 10 people. The NGO running the shelter home has been blacklisted and all the girls have been moved to shelter homes in other districts while the premises has been sealed.

On Sunday, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) released the main accused in the case Brajesh Thakur's son Rahul Anand, after he was detained in connection with the case. 

Brajesh Thakur, who is in jail, heads the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vika Samiti, which ran the state-funded shelter home where sexual abuse of more than 30 inmates has been confirmed in medical tests.

Kumar also ordered that adequate security arrangements should be made at the shelter homes to order to ensure the safety of the inmates.

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