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Bihar shelter home case: SC expresses concern over rape incidents in country

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today expressed concern over incidents of in the country and said that women are being raped "left, right and centre".

A bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, and K M Joseph pulled up the government for funding an NGO which ran the shelter home in Muzaffarpur where girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused.

The bench referred to (NCRB) data and said that every six hours, a woman is raped in

The court referred the NCRB data and said 38,947 women were raped in in 2016.

"What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre," the bench said.

Aparna Bhat, who was appointed as an amicus curiae in the matter, told the court that no compensation has been paid to the alleged victims of sexual assault at the home.

The also said that one of the girls, who was allegedly raped at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur, was still "missing".

(TISS), which conducted an audit of shelter homes, told the court that out of 110 such institutions in Bihar, "grave concerns" have been raised about 15.

To this, the government told the apex court that nine cases of have been lodged involving these 15 institutions run by various NGOs.

The hearing in the matter will resume at 2 PM.

The apex court had earlier restrained the from showing, even in morphed form, images of the alleged victims of and sexual assault at the shelter home, observing they cannot be compelled to "relive the trauma" again and again.

The bench had said that it had not restrained the police authority from conducting probe and if they want to question the alleged victims, they would have to take assistance of professional counsellors and qualified in consultation with and Neuro-Sciences in Bengaluru and (TISS) in

Over 30 girls were allegedly raped at the shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur, the of the state-funded NGO.

The alleged sexual exploitation of the girls was first highlighted in an audit report submitted by TISS to the state's social welfare department in April.

An FIR was lodged against 11 people, including Thakur, on May 31. The probe has now been taken over by the CBI.

In all, of 34 inmates out of 42 was confirmed in their medical examination, while two others who were unwell were yet to undergo medical tests.

The TISS audit report stated that many girls at the shelter home had complained of A special investigation team was formed to probe the complaints.

The NGO running the shelter home in Muzaffarpur was blacklisted and the girls were shifted to shelter homes in and

Women staff members of the shelter home and Thakur were among those who were arrested by the police in connection with the case.

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First Published: Tue, August 07 2018. 14:00 IST