New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Thursday directed the Bihar government to hand over eight girls victims of Muzaffarpur shelter home case to their parents. The decision by a three-judge bench, headed by Justice N V Ramana, came in the aftermath of a “sealed” report submitted to the court by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which opined that eight girls out of 44, can be send home as they want to live with their parents.
The Bihar government also agreed to provide financial, educational, medical and psychological support to the girls as mentioned in the report. The report claimed that whereabouts of parents of some girls have been known and they want their children back. In one case, a victim has disclosed the location of her house but the girl’s parents were not found on that address.
Earlier, on July 18, the apex court allowed the “field action project” team of TISS to talk to the girls so that they can be rehabilitated. Last year, Mumbai-based TISS conducted a field study of 110 government-run shelter homes in Bihar. The report of the institute asserted that scores of girls were being raped and sexually harassed in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.
In view of the gravity of the matter, the Supreme Court transferred the case from Bihar to Delhi and ordered to complete the trial within six months.
Delhi’s Saket court has framed charges against all 21 accused under sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, rape and criminal conspiracy. The key accused, Brajesh Thakur, was the owner of the NGO which use to run shelter homes where alleged crime took place.