16 Indian girls raped in shelter home: Report

16 Indian girls raped in shelter home: Report

MUMBAI - Medical report of 21 Indian girls who were rescued from a shelter home for girls in Muzaffarpur in May this year has confirmed that 16 of them were subjected to rape, some aged just 7 years during their stay there. The medical examination of all the girls were conducted at the Patna Medical College and Hospital. The hospital administration has sent the report to the Muzaffarpur Police.

"We have received medical reports from Patna today of 21 girls out of which it has been said that 16 of them had sexual contact. We are awaiting for the report of 8 more girls. We are going to file chargesheet against the accused who have been arrested till now," said Harpreet Kaur, SSP Muzaffarpur. The shelter home where the girls were being raped

The entire matter of the girls being physically abused at the Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti, a shelter home run by Brajesh Thakur and Vineet Kumar came to light in May when a social audit was conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai. TISS submitted a 100-page detailed social audit report to the state government following which the crack down on the shelter home took place.

An FIR was lodged in this case after which Thakur, who owns the shelter home along with Kumar, member of child welfare committee along with seven other female staffs working there were arrested. During the preliminary investigation, the police has found that the girls staying at the shelter home were not only sexually violated by Brajesh and Vineet but also taken outside for various occasion. Police had confirmed that many outsiders also used to frequently visit the shelter homes indicating that the girls were pushed into flesh trade.

The girls who were rescued were sent for medical examination to Patna, the report of which has now come.

According to the medical team which examined the girls, the mental condition of the girls was bad.