New Delhi, Jul 31: In a major development, a fresh FIR has been registered against Brijesh Thakur, the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home case. Reportedly 11 women from the premises of a self-help group run by his NGO are missing.
The FIR was registered against him last evening by Assistant Director of the Social Welfare Department Devesh Kumar Sharma in connection with the “disappearance” of 11 women from the premises of a self-help group run by the same NGO – Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, Mahila Thana in-charge Jyoti Kumari said.
Thakur is in judicial custody in connection with the mental, physical and sexual exploitation of the girls residing at Balika Grih, Muzaffarpur. (ALSO READ: Bihar Shelter Home Girls Used to Cut Themselves to Avoid Being Forced Into ‘Ganda Kaam’)
After the sex scandal had surfaced last month and the NGO was black-listed, the condition of other homes run by the NGO was reviewed.
During the review, 11 women supposed to have been staying in the home for the self-help group in the Chhoti Kalyani area here were found missing, official sources said. There was no communication on record from the NGO to the Social Welfare Department about their whereabouts, they said.
The Bihar shelter home assault case came to light in a social audit report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai. The report was based on the conversation with several girls at the home. A girl had also alleged that her fellow inmate had been beaten to death and buried on the premises. On probe, medical examinations have revealed that at least 34 girls had been sexually exploited at the government-run NGO. Bihar’s Director General of Police (DGP) KS Dwivedi had earlier said at least 10 perpetrators of the crime had been arrested. Dwivedi also said that nearly four girls were reported missing from the shelter home since December 2013.