PATNA: Ten persons have been arrested in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case where more than 40 minor girls were allegedly sexually assaulted over a period of time.
“10 people have been arrested so far, we will soon file a charge-sheet against them” Harpreet Kaur, SSP, Muzaffarpur told ANI.
Among those arrested include all staff members of the shelter home and some government officials.
None of the victims were ever taken outside the hostel, she added.
Meanwhile, the police launched the search inside the premises for the body of an inmate who was allegedly beaten to death by staff members following a disagreement with staff members.
“Nothing has been found so far at the shelter home premises where digging is underway. We are conducting a thorough investigation, police is working independently,” said Kaur.
Muzaffarpur shelter home alleged rape case : Digging starts in shelter home premises after statement of one of the victims that a girl was beaten to death and buried in the premises after disagreement with staff members #Bihar pic.twitter.com/3hEuUbuZO0
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Cops decided to take the step after one of the victims claimed during interrogation that the remains of a girl were buried underground within the compound.
Meanwhile, Madhepura (Bihar) MP Pappu Yadav raked the issue in the Lok Sabha, demanding a CBI inquiry.
Sexual exploitation of inmates of the Muzaffarpur shelter home came to light more than a month ago in a report of a Mumbai-based social science institute which had conducted an audit of the state-funded establishment run by an NGO.
Earlier, sources told Zee Media that the victims were allegedly forced to sleep naked inside the short stay home by a lady teacher, Kiran.