Patna: The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Wednesday registered an FIR against the Director of Samaj Samiti Boys’ Children Home in Bhagalpur and DORD Children Home in Gaya, for allegedly physically assaulting the inmates. Also Read - Nitish Announces One Month Bonus Salary For THESE Employees in Bihar
CBI officials said that those involved in the running of these shelter homes are under the probe of the investigative agency. Reportedly, there was no proper arrangements for medical treatment, study, recreation, food, for the minor inmates at the shelter home. Also Read - Lockdown-like Restrictions Imposed in Bihar: Night Curfew From 9 PM to 5 AM; Schools, Colleges Shut Till May 15 | Full List of Curbs
The agency also alleged that the director and other officials were running Boys’ Children Home in violation of provisions of Juvenile Justice Act. “The boys were mentally and physically abused in the shelter home. There were no educational recreational or vocational facilities…,” it said. (Also Read: Girls Forced to Dance to Vulgar Songs, Have Sex With Thakur’s ‘Guests’ at Muzaffarpur Shelter Home: CBI) Also Read - Relieve me of my Duties: Bihar's Top Hospital Superintendent Writes to Health Dept Amid Looming Oxygen Crisis
For the unversed, there was national outrage in 2018 following the alleged abuse of minor girls at a shelter home run by journalist Brajesh Thakur in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur. On January 7, the CBI in its 73-page charge-sheet, filed against the prime accused Brajesh Thakur, revealed that young girls were forced to dance to vulgar songs, sedated and raped at the government-run home. The charge-sheet was filed before the special POCSO court of additional district judge RP Tiwari on December 19. It named Thakur and 20 others including the staff of the home.
The charge-sheet noted that girls were forced to wear revealing clothes, dance to ‘Bhojpuri songs’, drugged. Later they were raped in that state by ‘guests’ of Brajesh Thakur. Furthermore, it said, “Those refusing to entertain the ‘guests’ were offered only roti and salt at night. They were also beaten on their private parts by Thakur, while those who danced were given good food.”
A TISS report made public by the Bihar government last year had revealed that sexual abuse, varying in forms and degree of intensity, was prevalent in almost all shelter homes in Bihar.