New Delhi: In another development in Muzaffarpur shelter home case, the Supreme court on Thursday sought the assistance of Joint Secretary of Women and Child Development Ministry to formulate child protection policy. Further, the top court also asked the Ministry to help the Centre in the framing of steps for rehabilitation of children who are victims of sexual abuse. The court has also directed the Ministry to appear before it on October 8.

The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) told the Supreme Court that skeleton of a 15-year-old girl was unearthed at a cremation ground while conducting the investigation. A supreme court bench comprising of Justice Madan B Lokur, Justice Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta is conducting a hearing on Muzaffarpur shelter home rape case.

The human skeleton which was recovered from a cremation site in Sikandarpur yesterday has been sent for a forensic analysis.

Notably, over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the head of a state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state’s social welfare department. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31. The probe was later taken over by the CBI. The sexual abuse of 34 of the 42 inmates was confirmed in their medical examination.

On September 21, the SC set aside the Patna High Court order in the case which had restrained the media from reporting on the case. The apex court asked the media to highlight and report the case in a more responsible manner. The Supreme Court said there cannot be a blanket ban on media reporting in the case where several women were allegedly raped and sexually abused.