New Delhi: A special court on Saturday rejected the plea of the shelter home rape key accused, Brajesh Thakur, to shift him from the high-security cell of the Muzaffarpur Central Jail to the general prisoner ward on the ground of security threat to him. Last month Thakur had told the authorities about a threat to his life as he was currently lodged with Maoist rebels. Also Read - Rajya Sabha Seat Left Vacant After Ram Vilas Paswan's Death May Not go to LJP Again - This is Why
Brajesh Thakur appeared before the special POCSO (Protection of Children from Sexual Offences) court in Muzaffarpur via video conference. The accused informed the court that neither anyone can approach him nor can he talk to anyone in his high-security cell. The court citing security threat to him rejected his plea. (ALSO READ: Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Scandal: CBI Raids Former Minister Manju Verma’s Residence) Also Read - First Session of Newly-Constituted Bihar Legislative Assembly To Start From Today
Thakur has been lodged in the Muzaffarpur Central Jail since June 2. He has shifted to the prisoners ward from the hospital ward barely two weeks ago. Also Read - Bihar Encounter: 3 Maoists Killed in Gunfight With Security Forces in Gaya
Thakur headed the NGO Sankalp Seva Evam Vikas Samiti, which ran the shelter home where sexual abuse of a number of inmates has come to light. Earlier, the Supreme Court had pulled up the Bihar government for funding the NGO. The top court had also issued a notice to the Bihar Government and the Centre seeking a detailed reply from them in connection with the case. The medical examinations of 29 of the 42 shelter home inmates confirmed that they were sexually exploited. (ALSO READ: ‘Women Being Raped Left, Right And Centre’: SC Raps Bihar Govt Over Muzaffarpur Case)
After the shameful incident came into light, opposition parties had cornered the Nitish Kumar government in Bihar over women’s safety and demanded action against perpetrators in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. A protest was also held in the national capital led by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav.
It must be noted that over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the center run by one Brajesh Thakur, the chief of the state-funded NGO. The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by the Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, to the state’s social welfare department in April. An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur on May 31. The probe has now been taken over by the CBI.