Girl rescued from Muzaffarpur shelter home and shifted to Madhubani goes missing


In yet another shocking development, a girl rescued from the infamous shelter home in Muzaffarpur before being shifted handed over to another NGO in Madhubani has gone missing. The girl in question was among the 14 who were shifted to Madhubani after being rescued from Muzaffarpur last month after horror stories began to unfold.

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Pragya Bharti, who runs the NGO in Madhubani attributed the loss to security lapse.

She told ANI, “In our NGO, we have 10 beds in the special unit. We earlier had 11 children. When those 14 children came, the authorities told me that they would be shifted later and demanded me to keep them. I didn’t have the capacity to accommodate 20-25 children, but due to pressure from the government, I kept the children. The children were not shifted after that. I did my best to protect them.”

“The condition of those 14 girls were not good. So, we wrote a letter to the district administration demanding security. There were four people who were overseeing the security. We had adequate security but somehow a girl went missing due to security lapse or conspiracy. This case is being given a political colour. This should not be made into a political issue at all,” the news agency further quoted her as saying.

Meanwhile, former Bihar deputy chief minister, Tejashwi Yadav, has lashed out Bharti saying that he was the wife of the ‘most closest aide of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar.’ Tejashwi tweeted, “She is the wife of PA of Sanjay Jha- most closest aide of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. He is National General Secretry of JDU, Member (Bihar State Planning Board) & Former MLC. See the Shamelessness governance of Nitish Kumar. Nitish Ji must hv to trace that girl. I said MUST have to.”

Earlier, Bihar Governor Satya Pal Malik on Saturday suspended seven Social welfare department officials for not taking timely cognisance of the social audit report by a leading research university situated in Mumbai, which unravelled the Muzaffarpur shelter home case.

Last month, in a shocking revelation, it was found that 40 girls at the Muzaffarpur shelter home were repeatedly tortured, raped and some of them even murdered and buried inside the premises. The shelter was run by one Brajesh Thakur, a journalist, who had close links with Bihar chief minister.

On Saturday, leaders from India’s opposition parties had protested in Delhi against the state government’s inaction in the case. Although, Nitish Kumar had said that the incident left him ashamed, his political rivals had termed the reaction too little too late.


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