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SC takes suo motu cognizance in Muzaffarpur shelter case

ANI  |  New Delhi [India] 

The on Thursday took suo motu in the home case.

The Apex Court division bench, headed by Justice and also comprising Justice Deepak Gupta, issued notice to the Government and the Centre seeking a detailed reply from them in connection with the same.

Meanwhile, the Left Parties and groups in called for a state-wide bandh in earlier today against the home scandal. The protest in the city was also supported by members.

According to media reports, the protesters blocked railway tracks and several roads around the vicinity of the city.

On July 24, 11 employees of a child shelter home in Muzaffarpur were arrested for allegedly sexually harassing the inmates. After receiving information, the police raided the vicinity and rescued 44 girls.

On a related note, the police on Wednesday raided another shelter home run by Brijesh Thakur after a case was registered against him over the disappearance of 11 girls from the safe haven.

Thakur is the prime accused in home case, where more than 30 minor girls were sexually assaulted over a period of time.

The had taken over the investigation from Muzaffarpur's Mahila Police Station, where the case was registered on May 31, under Section 120(B) (criminal conspiracy), 376 (outraging the modesty of a woman), 34 (common intention) of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) and section 4, 6, 8, 10,12 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POSCO).

Earlier, Chief Minister had directed the state officials to conduct a (CBI) inquiry in the matter.

The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was uncovered more than a month ago by a Mumbai-based social science institute. They had submitted its report in April and the Bihar social welfare department approved another project to Thakur on May 31 for beggars' shelter in

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First Published: Thu, August 02 2018. 13:20 IST