Muzaffarpur sexual abuse case: Women are getting raped ‘left, right and centre’, says Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of India on Tuesday, while expressing concern over the the growing incidents of rape in the country said that the women are being ‘raped left, right and centre’. 

The Apex Court , referring to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) data, said a woman is raped every six hours in the country.

“What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre,” Press Trust of India quoted a bench comprising Justices M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph as saying.

According to NCRB data, 38,947 women were raped in India in 2016.

Taking suo moto cognizance of the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual abuse case, the Supreme Court had issued notices to the state government and Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

The incident came to light in April following an audit of the shelter home by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), which said many girls had complained of sexual abuse. Till now, the police have arrested 11 people in the case, including the prime accused Brijesh Thakur, who is the owner of NGO Seva Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti that ran the shelter home.

Surprisingly, a month after the TISS report was submitted, the state social welfare department sanctioned another project to the NGO on the same day police lodged an FIR against the outfit.

The ANI reported that the Apex Court also pulled up the Nitish Kumar-led Bihar government for funding the NGO running the shelter home where girls were being allegedly raped and sexually abused. The court also asked: “Who is giving money to the shelter home in the state?”

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