New Delhi, Aug 2 :Taking suo motu cognizance of the sexual exploitation and torture of more than 30 minor girls in Muzaffarpur shelter home run by an NGO, the Supreme Court has issued notices to Bihar and Narendra Modi led Central government and sought a detailed reply from them. Expressing concern about the children and girls, the court banned publication of morphed images of the abused children.
Supreme Court has restrained the media from telecasting images and videos of minor rape victims even in blurred and morphed form
Expressing concern over identity of child rape victims being revealed by print and electronic media , the Supreme Court said that even morphed picture should not be published.
The court also issued a notice to the state government and Centre over the issue seeking a detailed reply in connection with the matter.
The CBI on Sunday took over the case of rapes in a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur and filed an FIR to probe the crime in which at least 34 minor girls were victimised, the agency said.
The move comes a day after the Congress demanded a Supreme Court-monitored Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) inquiry into the incident and sought Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s attention towards such crimes.
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.
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.
Under pressure from opposition, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Thursday recommended a CBI probe into the series of rapes that he described as “a heinous crime”.