Tests confirm rape of 34 girls: Police

As many as 34 girls living in the government funded Balika Grih, a short stay home for minor girls in Muzaffarpur, were raped, police said on Saturday.

By Ramashankar in Patna
  • Published 29.07.18
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Police inspect the Muzaffarpur Balika Grih on Saturday. (Pankaj Kumar)

Patna: As many as 34 girls living in the government funded Balika Grih, a short stay home for minor girls in Muzaffarpur, were raped, police said on Saturday.

Muzaffarpur senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur said fresh medical reports of 13 girl residents of the shelter home had been received from the hospital concerned. The reports confirmed rape of five of them, taking the total number of rape survivors to 34. The reports of the remaining eight girls were found to be negative.

Altogether 42 out of 44 girls living at the shelter home were examined by a medical board comprising doctors of Patna Medical College and Hospital. The medical examination of two girls was not conducted as they were sick.

Kaur said the medical reports have been enclosed with the chargesheet submitted in the special POCSO court against 10 arrested accused on Thursday. A proclamation notice against another accused, Dilip Kumar Verma, was pasted at his native village under the jurisdiction of Karja police station as he was evading arrest.

On Saturday, inspector-general (Muzaffarpur zone) Sunil Kumar visited the shelter home run by the NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti and directed the officials concerned to get the building minutely checked by medical experts. He also asked the investigating officials to prepare a list of seizures made from the room being used for providing medical assistance to the residents of the home.

"Some medicines and old wrappers of drugs have been found in the room being used for providing medical help to the girl inmates of the shelter home. Two beds were also in the room. The doctors have been assigned to ascertain for which purposes the seized drugs were used," IG Kumar told The Telegraph over phone.

Forensic experts have also collected evidence from the rooms in which the girls were living. The call detail records of the mobile phones of the main accused, Brajesh Thakur, were being analysed by the special investigation team (SIT), the IG said.

Kumar said officials of the social welfare department and the juvenile justice board might be quizzed at the right stage. "The purpose is to ascertain whether these officials had any inkling of the wrongdoings. The officials were supposed to visit the shelter home on a monthly basis," he added.