Bihar bandh: Opposition demands Nitish Kumar’s resignation over Muzaffarpur rape case

Patna, Aug 2 : A state-wide bandh is being observed in Bihar , which is called by Left against the alleged mass sexual exploitation at Muzaffarpur shelter home.

The entire Opposition is demanding the  resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

The state-wide shutdown is backed by opposition parties including the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) (RJD), Congress, Hindustani Swam Morcha, Samajwadi Party and Lokrantrik Janata Dal.

The shutdown called by the Left parties in Bihar  against the rape of 34 minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur district has affected normal life in the state as several trains were stopped and roads leading to several districts was blocked by Opposition parties.

 

 

Left party workers and supporters blocked railway tracks thereby affecting over a dozen trains since early Thursday morning.

Numerous trains were stopped in Darbhanga, Madhubani, Jahanabad, Gaya, Muzaffarpur, Patna and Bhojpur districts.

Protesters have also blocked several roads in Siwan, Bhojpur, Nawada, Patna, Arwal, Jagabad districts.

Investigators suggested that 34 of the 42 girls examined so far were found to have been sexually exploited. Two other girls were not subjected to medical examination because of their poor mental health.

“Of the 42 girls examined, doctors had found possibility of 34 girls having sex,” senior superintendent of police, Muzaffarpur, Harpreet Kaur, had said on Saturday.

The case came to light earlier this year when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai.

Ten of the eleven accused, including Brajesh Thakur who ran the NGO operating the shelter home and seven women have been arrested so far. Former chairman of the district child welfare committee, Muzaffarpur, Dilip Kumar Verma who is the 11th accused, is absconding. A local court has issued a proclamation notice against Verma.

The CBI is now probing the case.

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