Five more girls may have been raped at Muzaffarpur shelter, says medical report
A fresh medical report released by the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) to police authorities has not ruled out the possibility of rape of five more girls at the controversial Muzaffarpur shelter home.
Rape had already been confirmed on 29 out of 44 girls who were rescued after the sex scandal surfaced on May 31 following an audit report released by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
With the fresh medical report, the number of rape victims at the shelter home goes up to 34.
Senior superintendent of police (SSP) Harpreet Kaur said police received the medical report on Friday from PMCH. “I have reviewed the report. It has not ruled out the possibility of rape of five more girls,” she said, adding that 42 out of 44 girls have been medically examined, since the scandal came to light.
“At least 34 girls have tested positive (of rape) till now, while medical reports have not confirmed rape on eight girls. Two girls were not taken before the medical board because they were mentally challenged,” said the SSP.
Meanwhile, police are awaiting the Forensic Science Laboratory (FSL) report.
Deputy superintendent of police (DSP), City, Mukul Kumar Ranjan, said the FSL report would give enough proof in the case. “We are focusing on scientific probe, which will nail the accused,” he said, adding that posters carrying picture of Dilip Kumar Verma, the fugitive chairperson of the district child welfare committee have been circulated.
Verma was entrusted with the responsibility of weekly inspections of the shelter home, but, according to the inmates, he also used to sexually assault them. “Verma’s posters have also been pasted on main thoroughfares of the district and at his house,” said the DSP.
Inspector general (IG) of Tirhut zone, Sunil Kumar, has directed police to seek report of those officials, who routinely inspected the shelter home.
The sexual exploitation of destitute minor girls, residing at the government-funded shelter home, came to light on May 31 this year after an FIR was lodged with the Muzaffarpur women’s police station on a written complaint by deputy director of social welfare department Divesh Kumar.