Outrage grows over abuse in shelter homes at Muzaffarpur, Deoria

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Two MPs from Bihar today staged protests in the Lok Sabha demanding justice for victims of the Muzaffarpur sex scandal case, claiming evidence of the crime was destroyed.

As soon as the House took up the day's proceedings, Congress member Ranjeet Ranjan and RJD's Jay Prakash Narayan Yadav came to the Well protesting against the alleged sexual exploitation of young girls at the shelter home in Bihar's Muzaffarpur.

The two MPs were supported by Congress leader Mallikarjun Kharge and NCP leader Tariq Anwar besides others. They alleged that the evidence was destroyed before the case was handed over to the CBI by the Bihar government.

Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, however told them that they can raise the issue during the Zero Hour and continued with the proceedings of the Question Hour. With this, both the MPs returned to their seats.

Medical examination of 34 out of the 42 shelter home inmates have confirmed they were sexually exploited. The owner of the shelter home, run by NGO 'Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti', Brajesh Thakur, is the main accused in the case.

24 girls rescued from shelter home in UP; minister assures strict action

In the meanwhile, a day after the Deoria Police rescued 24 girls from a shelter home, Uttar Pradesh Women and Child Welfare Minister Rita Bahugana Joshi on August 6 assured that strict action would be taken against those involved in the incident as soon as the Child Welfare Committee report comes in. She also said that a thorough investigation on the same is underway.

Speaking to the media, Joshi said the Deoria shelter home was running illegally."After CBI inspection last year, it was established that Deoria shelter home centre was running illegally without norms. A direction was issued to shift the inmates and shut it. But this order was not followed," Joshi stated.

She added that a child was rescued yesterday and had filed a complaint. Joshi continued, "On August 1, an FIR was lodged to shut the shelter home immediately as illegal acts were being carried out. The number of children enrolled at the centre as per records are not present." Meanwhile, Additional Director General (Law and Order) Anand Kumar said that the rescued children would be sent for medical examination.

The Deoria Police also arrested a man and his wife, who were managers at the shelter home. The incident came to light after a girl escaped from the shelter home and informed the police how they were all treated like servants.