Patna, Aug 6: Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Monday slammed the opposition for “politicising” the Muzaffarpur shelter home case, while shifting blame on the “system” for the delay in action in the alleged rape of 34 minor girls. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Death Case: Bihar Government Recommends CBI Probe
Refuting opposition’s claim that the state government is trying to shield the perpetrators of the case, Kumar said that the state government is committed to putting the wrongdoers behind the bars. Also Read - Sushant Singh Rajput Case: 'Whatever Happened is Not Right', Says Bihar CM Nitish Kumar After IPS Officer Vinay Tiwari 'Forcibly Quarantined'
“Action will be taken against the accused. We have discussed steps to make shelter homes more safe and secure,” said Kumar while addressing a press conference in Patna. Also Read - 'Holding Polls Amid Pandemic Will Endanger Lives', LJP Asks EC to Postpone Bihar Elections
“Investigation, administration and fixing the system is the plan of our government. We will strengthen the system and fix the problem,” he added.
Kumar, who has been targeted by the opposition over the Muzaffarpur case, ordered that no NGO in the state will be allowed to run a shelter home, adding that the shelter homes running across the state will be taken over by the government which will also help monitor them in a better way.
Condemning the incident, the Bihar CM said that matter has been handed over to the CBI and the government has demanded the Patna High Court to monitor the probe – a request that has been accepted by the latter.
Kumar also slammed the opposition for targeting his silence on the issue, saying that the social audit by the Tata Institution of Social Sciences (TISS), which exposed these rapes, was ordered by the state.
The Bihar CM also directed all district magistrates to inspect child shelter homes and women shelter homes in the state, adding that adequate security arrangements should be made at the shelter homes across the state.
Reacting to opposition’s demand of Bihar’s social welfare department minister Manju Verma’s resignation, Kumar said, “If someone related to the Minister is involved, they won’t be spared. But why is this issue being raised only now. We had called her and she denied any involvement. How is it justified to level baseless allegations?”
Senior BJP leader CP Thakur has demanded Manju Verma’s resignation owning moral responsibility for the alleged sexual abuse of minor girls.
However, the BJP came out in support of Verma on Monday. “BJP is fully in support of Manju Verma. No charges against her,” tweeted Bihar Deputy CM Sushil Modi.
Kumar also said that he should not be targeted for his photographs with Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
On Sunday, Kumar had assured strict action against perpetrators of the ghastly incident and also urged people to focus on the positive work as well, instead of accusing the government for “one or two negative things” which happened in the state.
Referring to Saturday’s demonstration by the opposition parties at Jantar Mantar in Delhi against the Muzaffarpur episode, Kumar sarcastically remarked that it was a “Friendship Day gathering” of disparate opposition groups to derive political mileage.
The Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) and several other Opposition parties had staged a protest on Saturday in Delhi voicing their anguish over the alleged rape of young girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur.
In a show of opposition unity, almost all major political parties joined the protest at Jantar Mantar in the heart of the national capital, organised by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.
Rahul Gandhi cornered the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar over women’s safety and demanded action against perpetrators in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.
“We have gathered here for the women of our country and we stand with them. If Nitish ji is really feeling ashamed then he should take immediate action,” said Gandhi.