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Muzaffarpur shelter homes: SC slams Bihar govt, terming “very shameful” and “inhuman,” favours CBI probe

New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday termed as “very shameful” and “inhuman” the conduct of Bihar government in not taking appropriate action following the allegations of physical and sexual abuse of children at several shelter homes and favoured a CBI investigation in these matters.

A bench headed by Justice Madan B Lokur said the state was “very soft” and “very selective” in registering FIRs against the perpetrators and asked the Bihar government whether these children were not the citizens of this country

The apex court also asked the counsel appearing for the Bihar government as to why FIRs have not been lodged under section 377 (unnatural offences) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) despite there being allegations that children were sodomised at the shelter homes.

“What are you doing? This is very shameful. You may have filed a detailed affidavit (in the court) but if a child is sodomised, you cannot say that it is nothing. How can you do this? This is inhuman,” the bench, also comprising justices S A Nazeer and Deepak Gupta, told the state’s counsel.

During the hearing, Justice Gupta observed, “Every time I read this file, I am hit by the tragedy of the case. It is tragic.”

The bench said after going through the allegations and the manner in which state police was dealing with them, “We are of the view that the state police is not doing its job as is expected. We would like the CBI to deal with these allegations.”

The counsel representing the CBI, which is already probing the Muzaffarpur shelter home case in Bihar where several women inmates were allegedly raped and sexually abused, said he would seek instructions on the issue by Wednesday.

PTI

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