New Delhi, Nov 27: The Supreme Court on Tuesday pulled up Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government over its failure to file correct FIR in Muzaffarpur shelter case and said that the state’s approach is inhuman.
Giving 24 hours time to it add charges under section 377 (rape) IPC and POCSO Act in the FIR, the bench of Justice Madan B. Lokur, Justice S. Abdul Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta also warned the state government to act fast or face consequences.
‘if we find that there were offences under section 377 IPC and POCSO Act and you did not register FIR, we will pass an order against the government”, news agency ANI quoted the court as saying.
“What are you (Bihar govt) doing? It’s shameful. If the child is sodomised you say it’s nothing? How can you do this? It’s inhuman. We were told that matter will be looked with great seriousness, this is seriousness? Every time I read this file it’s tragic”, the top court stated.
The Supreme Court asked counsel appearing for the Central Bureau of Investigation lawyer to take instruction if CBI can investigate the cases relating to sexual assault in nine out of 17 shelter homes in Bihar named in the TISS report.
The matter is listed for hearing on Wednesday when CBI will tell the court on taking up rest of the shelter home child abuse cases in Bihar.
Out of 42 girls lodged at the residential hostel run by prime accused Brajesh Thakur’s NGO, 34 were found to have been sexually assaulted.
The incident came to light after a social audit by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.