Muzaffarpur, Aug 8: Bihar social welfare minister Manju Verma, whose husband Chandeshwar Verma has been accused of having links with the alleged accused in Muzaffarpur shelter home case Brajesh Thakur, tendered resignation on Wednesday. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Elections: 'Nitish's Behaviour Towards Chirag Unfair', Tejashwi's Sympathy Note For LJP Chief
Verma met the chief minister and handed over her resignation to him, sources in the Chief Minister’s Office said here. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: 'Why should I not respect PM Modi, Only he Called me When my Father Was Admitted to ICU', Says Chirag Paswan
Earlier on Monday, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar while speaking on the issue had said that the minister will be shown the door only if anything negative against her is found during the probe. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Election 2020: 'La Suna Jabab...', Neha Singh Rathore Hits Back at NDA With New Song
Verma is a JD(U) MLA from Cheria-Bariarpur.
Earlier on Sunday, the Bihar Social Welfare Department has suspended 14 officials on account of their “negligence and dereliction of duty” over the TISS report, a notification has said.
The suspended officials include seven assistant directors of Child Protection Units, six district child protection officers and superintendent of a remand home for juvenile prisoners.
The suspended officials include assistant directors of Child Protection Units in Muzaffarpur, Munger, Araria, Madhubani, Bhagalpur, Gaya and Bhojpur districts.
The TISS report revealed that 40 girls living in the shelter home were allegedly sedated, sexually abused, tortured and harassed over a period of two years. Girls at the shelter home revealed that they used to cut their hands and legs to avoid being tortured and forced into “ganda kaam (sexual abuse)”. One of the inmates alleged that the administration used to mix “kide ki dawai” in her food after which he used to feel sleepy.
The TISS report is also said to have pointed out ill-treatment of inmates at other such shelter homes for girls or boys in various districts and the opposition has been criticising the government for lack of action in this regard.
Reportedly, long before the social audit report came out, a report on a pathetic living condition of the girls, by an inspection team, was also sent across but no action was taken.
(Inputs from PTI)