19 ACCUSED HELD GUILTY IN MUZAFFARPUR SHELTER HOME CASE


 

Press Release
New Delhi, 20.01.2020

The Trial Court at Saket, New Delhi has today held 19 accused, namely Brajesh Thakur, owner of the NGO Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti; Indu Kumari, Superintendent of Children Home for Girls; Minu Devi, House Mother, Children Home for Girls; Manju Devi, Counselor, Children Home for Girls; Chanda Devi, House Mother, Children Home for Girls; Neha Kumari, Nurse, Children Home for Girls; Hema Masih, Probation Officer, Children Home for Girls; Kiran Kumari, Helper, Children Home for Girls; Ravi Kumar Roshan, the then Child Protection Officer, Muzaffarpur; Vikas Kumar, the then Member, Child Welfare Committee, Muzaffarpur; Dilip Kumar Verma, the then Chairman, Child Welfare Committee, Muzaffarpur; Vijay Kumar Tiwari, driver of Brajesh Thakur; Guddu Kumar Patel @ Guddu, employee of Brajesh Thakur; Krishan Kumar Ram @ Krishna @ Kishan, employee of Brajesh Thakur; Rosy Rani, the then Assistant Director, District Child Protection Unit, Muzaffarpur; Ramanuj Thakur @Mamu, uncle of Brajesh Thakur; Ramashankar Singh @ Master Saheb @ Masterji, employee of Brajesh Thakur; Dr. Aswini @ Asmani, employee of Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti and Saista Praveen @ Madhu, employee of Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, guilty for having committed the offences of rape, gang rape, aggravated penetrative sexual assault and abetment of the said offences in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case (Bihar).

CBI has registered the case on 28.07.2018 and taken over the investigation of the case, earlier registered at Mahila Police Station, Muzaffarpur (Bihar). After thorough investigation, CBI filed a chargesheet on 18.12.2018 against 21 accused before the Designated Court, Muzaffarpur. The Supreme Court vide Order dated 07.02.2019 transferred the trial to Saket Court at New Delhi. The charges in the case were framed on 30.03.2019 against 20 accused persons under the provisions of IPC, POCSO Act and JJ Act for commission of physical and sexual assault, including rape of the victims. Prosecution evidence commenced on 06.04.2019 which continued on a day-to-day basis. The trial was concluded within six months time as stipulated by the Supreme Court of India. On conclusion of the trial, the Court found 19 accused persons guilty and acquitted one person.

The Trial Court has fixed 28.01.2020 for pronouncement of the sentence.

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