New Delhi: In a major breakthrough in Muzaffarpur shelter scandal, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) in its 73-page charge-sheet, filed against the prime accused Brajesh Thakur, revealed that young girls were forced to dance to vulgar songs, sedated and raped at the government-run home. The charge-sheet was filed before the special POCSO court of additional district judge RP Tiwari on December 19. It named Thakur and 20 others including the staff of the home.
The charge-sheet noted that girls were forced to wear revealing clothes, dance to ‘Bhojpuri songs’, drugged. Later they were raped in that state by ‘guests’ of Brajesh Thakur. Furthermore it said,”Those refusing to entertain the ‘guests’ were offered only roti and salt at night. They were also beaten on their private parts by Thakur, while those who danced were given good food.”
A TISS report made public by the Bihar government last year had revealed that Sexual abuse, varying in forms and degree of intensity, was prevalent in almost all shelter homes in Bihar.
According to the 100-page report, the Muzaffarpur shelter home run by Thakur, had been “running in a highly questionable manner along with grave instances of violence. Several girls reported about violence and being abused sexually”. The medical reports later confirmed rape of 34 inmates of the shelter home over a period of time. The four-storey shelter home has now been razed by the Muzaffarpur municipal corporation.