Muzaffarpur, Aug 5: The Assistant Director of Social Welfare Department Devesh Kumar was suspended on Sunday for delay in taking action over social audit report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) in Mumbai that brought to light the trauma faced by as many as 40 girls due to sexual abuse at a Muzaffarpur shelter home in Bihar. The girls alleged that not just visitors but Brajesh Thakur, owner of the shelter home, also used to sexually abuse them. Also Read - Munger Violence: Congress Seeks Dismissal of Nitish Kumar, Others; EC Removes SP, DM | Top Developments

Following the TISS report, the Nitish Kumar-led Janata Dal United (JDU) government in Bihar came under sharp criticism from the Rashtriya Janata Dal’s (RJD) Tejashwi Yadav. He accused the state government of shielding the main accused in the Bihar shelter home assault case and asked if he will be arrested “when minor girls will be raped in the state”. Also Read - Bihar Assembly Elections 2020: 52.24% Voter Turnout Recorded Till 5 pm

Earlier on Saturday, Congress president Rahul Gandhi joined the protest called by RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav against the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases and asked Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar to prove that he’s ashamed of the incidents. Also Read - Bihar Polls: Rahul Gandhi Accuses PM Modi of Not Talking About Problems Like Unemployment Faced by Our Country

“If Nitish Kumar is really ashamed, he should quickly take action….Prove it by your work,” he said before the leaders from various political parties led the candle march to protest against the case.

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.

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.