Who is giving money to shelter homes in the state? SC asks Bihar government

WION Web Team
New Delhi, Delhi, India Published: Aug 07, 2018, 04:12 PM(IST)

Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar. Photograph:( Zee News Network )

The Supreme Court on Tuesday came down heavily on the alleged rapes of minor girls in a Muzaffarpur shelter home run by a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO) and raised question over their funding.

The Apex Court asked, "Who is giving money to the shelter home in the state? Why the credentials of institution running shelter home not checked before it was provided funds, " as quoted by PTI. 

The apex court further expressed concern over incidents of rape in the country and said that women are being raped "left, right and centre." 

A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph pulled up the Bihar government for funding the NGO.

The bench referred to National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data and said that every six hours, a woman is raped in India. The court referred the NCRB data and said 38,947 women were raped in India in 2016. 

"What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre," the bench said, as quoted by PTI. 

The lawyer also said that one of the girls, who was allegedly raped at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, was still "missing". 

To this, the Bihar government told the apex court that nine cases of sexual abuse have been lodged involving these 15 institutions run by various NGOs.

Also, the Supreme Court also asked the print, electronic and social media not to publish or display photos of victims of sexual abuse in any case.

The apex court further said that minor victims of sexual abuse should not be interviewed as it will have serious mental impact and ordered that child sex abuse victims be interviewed only by members of NCPCR and SCPCRs in presence of counsellors. 

The top court also told Centre to apprise it on steps proposed to prevent sexual abuse of minors in shelter homes across country.

The alleged Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case has put Nitish Kumar government in Bihar under the spotlight. So far, 11 employees of the shelter home have been arrested and 44 girls rescued. The shelter home was run by Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the case who is behind bars now. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has taken charge of the case now. 

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