2 girls from shelter home in Patna ‘brought dead’ to hospital


Patna: Amid heat over Muzaffarpur scandal, two girls from a shelter home in Patna’s Rajiv Nagar were brought dead to hospital on Saturday. The girls, who were brought to Patna Medical College for treatment, belonged to Aasra Griha.

The reasons for the deaths of the two girls are yet to be ascertained. The bodies have, meanwhile, been handed over to the Magistrate following the post-mortem on Saturday night.

The Aasra shelter home was raided on Friday and a middle-aged man for allegedly luring the inmates to elope with him. The police also detected several loopholes in its premises. During further probe on the same day, a total of 75 women were found at the shelter home.

The alleged sexual exploitation of girls at the shelter home first came to light in the report of a social audit conducted by Tata Institute of Social Sciences, Mumbai, which was submitted to the state social welfare department in April.

More than 40 girls were lodged at the shelter home and medical reports suggest that over half of them may have had sexual intercourse at some point of time.

The FIR in the case was registered on May 31 against 11 people, including Thakur. On July 26, the Bihar government recommended a CBI inquiry into the matter.

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