Facing criticism over alleged sexual exploitation at Muzaffarpur shelter home for minors, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar today breaking his silence, expressed deep anguish over the incident and stressed on the need to develop institutional mechanisms to prevent recurrence of such incidents.
He deplored that the incident has shamed the government and asserted that those found guilty will be “severely punished”. He recalled that already the case had been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and that he wants the Patna High Court to monitor the probe.
Incidentally, this is the Chief Minister’s first statement in connection with the case, which has rocked the Bihar Legislative Assembly and found mention in the on-going monsoon session of Parliament.
The issue was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by Tata Institute of Social Science (TISS), Mumbai, to Bihar’s Social Welfare Department in April.