40 rapes, girl killed and buried in Bihar shelter home; cops dig compound
Muzaffarpur: Gory details are emerging from the state-funded shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur where more than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time. When police reached the spot, one of the victims revealed her ordeal and told the interrogators that a girl was allegedly killed and buried underground in the premises of the home. The police are now digging the compound to ascertain if the claims made by the inmate are true. The excavation will be carried out in the presence of Executive Magistrate (Eastern) Priya Rani Gupta and senior police officials. Meanwhile, politics over the incident is heating up. Terming the incident unfortunate, Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) leader and former deputy chief minister of Bihar, Tejashwi Yadav, accused the Nitish Kumar-led state government of shielding the culprits. “Owner of the NGO that runs the shelter home is close to Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and had even campaigned for him in elections,” Tejashwi said. Earlier on Monday, Yadav tweeted in Hindi and said, “Think? How would you feel if your family and the village’s seven to 17-year-old sisters or daughters, supported and sponsored devils, were raped her for months? There is a flood of rape in Bihar and the government is silent. They just care about their power!” Sexual exploitation of girls at a Muzaffarpur shelter home was uncovered more than a month ago during its audit by a Mumbai-based social science institute. Police have, since then, made several arrests, including some government officials.