Brajesh Thakur, the prime accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case, used to force girls to dance with scanty clothes on vulgar songs and have sex with his guest, revealed a 73-page charge sheet filed by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The chargesheet was filed before the special POCSO court of additional district judge RP Tiwari on December 19.
As per the chargesheet, girls were forced to wear revealing clothes, dance to “Bhojpuri songs”, drugged and raped in a sedated state by the “guests” of Thakur. Thakur used to beat the girls on their private parts if they refused to have sex with guests.
“Those refusing to entertain the guests were offered only roti and salt at night, while those who danced were given good food,” noted the chargesheet.
The sexual exploitation of dozens of girls in the government-run shelter over a period of 10 years was revealed in a social audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences or TISS. Also Read: Horrific: Deaf & mute woman raped for 2 months at a shelterhome, Foetus burnt!
Muzaffarpur shelter home: The four-storey home has now been razed
Medical tests found that as many as 34 of the 42 girls at the home, called Balika Grih, were sexually assaulted. The four-storey home has now been razed.
With Thakur, 20 others have been accused, including the staff, been charged with serious crimes under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO).
Brajesh Thakur was said to be close to politicians in the ruling Janata Dal (United) government. The Supreme Court described Thakur as “a very influential man” and recommended shifting him to a jail outside the state to prevent any “obstruction to the ongoing probe”.
The scandal had been seized by the opposition Rashtriya Janata Dal, which has accused the Nitish Kumar government of backing Brajesh Thakur. Bihar Social Welfare Minister Manju Verma resigned after investigations revealed that her husband, Chandrashekhar Verma, had spoken to the main accused several times between January and June.
The other accused named in the charge sheet are Indu Kumari, Minu Kumari, Manju Devi, Chanda Devi, Neha Kumari, Hema Masih, Kiran Kumari, Saista Pervin alias Madhu, Dr Pramila, Kiran Kumari, Ramanuj Thakur alias Mamu, Ramashankar Singh alias Master Saheb, Ravi Kumar Roshan, Vikas Kumar, Dilip Kumar Verma, Vijay Kumar Tiwari, Guddu Kumar Patel alias Gudddu, Krishna Kumar Ram alias Krishna, Rozy Rani, and Dr Ashwini alias Asmani Also Read: Not Safe Anywhere? Girls Were Drugged, Raped, Tortured In Bihar’s Shelter Home!
Investigations have revealed that Thakur’s NGO was selected to run the shelter home as he had political connections with the ruling party and some bureaucrats.
The Supreme Court had described Thakur as a ‘very influential man’ and recommended shifting him to Punjab jail from Bihar’s central jail. The Muzaffarpur municipal corporation has dismantled the four-storey shelter home structure as it violation of building laws.
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