The Delhi Court convicted 19 people, including the owner of the state-funded NGO for the sexual assault and forceful sexual intercourse of minor girls, at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur in Bihar. The Court ruled that the nineteen accused shall be sentenced to punishment under the required sections of the Code, on 28th January.
The ones convicted comprise of twelve men and eight women, inclusive of the owner and the employees, for being a part of the entire criminal conspiracy to rape and sexually assault the several minors in the Shelter home. Brajesh Thakur, former MLA of the Bihar People’s Party has also been booked under various sections of the Indian Penal Code, Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, Juvenile Justice Act for criminal conspiracy, rape and sexual assault of female minors.
According to sources, more than forty-two minors have been sexually assaulted for over a prolonged period of time in the NGO. This horrifying incident came into light in 2018 after the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai submitted a report to the Bihar government with full and comprehensive details regarding the abuse.
It is absolutely horrifying to note that state-led NGOs are meant for the rehabilitation and protection of the lives of women and children. The irony lies in the fact that they continue to be unsafe for children and it is extremely shameful that instead of, children acquiring education and skills, they are being subjected to traumatizing violent acts, that are exploitative of their minds and bodies both.