A special Protection of Children From Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Muzaffarpur, has ordered a CBI probe against Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar in connection with the Bihar shelter home rape case.The court also ordered an inquiry against Muzaffarpur District Magistrate Dharmendra Singh and Principal Secretary of Social Welfare Atul Prasad.
The Nitish Kumar government has anyway been pulled up by the Supreme Court for not submitting details of shelter homes in Bihar. The apex court then transferred the trial to the Saket court in New Delhi.
The Supreme Court bench, headed by Chief Justice of India Ranjan Gogoi, said the cases should be transferred from the Bihar CBI court to a POCSO
Saket trial court within two weeks. It also ordered the trial court to conclude the trial within six months. CJI Gogoi had said, “Enough is enough. Children cannot be treated like this. You cannot let your officers treat children this way. Spare the children.”
There have been reports on how the girls, who were raped and starved by the administration and visitors at the Muzaffarpur shelter home, revealed that they used to cut their hands and legs to avoid being tortured and forced into “ganda kaam (sexual abuse)”.
The Supreme Court had transferred 16 cases related to the sexual and mental exploitation of children in Bihar shelter homes to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The court had then asked CBI to file a status report by January 31.