Nitish Kumar breaks silence, says, “I am ashamed of what happened in Muzaffarpur”

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Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar on Friday finally broke his long silence on the horrific revelation on rapes and murder inside the Muzaffarpur shelter home, where scores of girls including as young as seven-year-old were raped, tortured and murdered.

Nitish Kumar

Speaking at a gathering, Kumar, who’s been facing condemnation for his silence and inaction, said that no one will be spared in the rape of 34 minor girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur district.

“I am ashamed of what happened in Muzaffarpur. I was pained by it,” IANS quoted him as saying. He added, “I can assure you that no one will be spared.”

He said that the Central Bureau of Investigation was probing the case since it took over on Sunday. Curiously, the prime accused of the case, Brajesh Thakur, is reportedly a close friend of the chief minister and Kumar had even reportedly attended one of his children’s wedding soon after becoming the chief minister in 2015.

Taking a dig at Kumar’s comments, his rival and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav tweeted, “Respect uncle, it took you three months for feeling ashamed. Had it not become an issue for national shame, perhaps you would not have felt ashamed despite being aware of the reality. The country now knows how fake you are. Ask your inner conscience if it was not aware of Brajesh Thakur’s sick acts.”

The Muzaffarpur horror came to light when the Bihar Social Welfare Department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai.

According to the girls in the shelter home, they would routinely be subjected to sexual attacks, face torture and be forced to sleep with powerful politicians. Some of the girls were even murdered and allegedly buried within the premises of the shelter home.

 

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