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Rahul Gandhi, Arvind Kejriwal to join RJD protest in Delhi against Muzaffarpur shelter rapes today

Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar expressed deep anguish over the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex scandal which came to light in July.

india Updated: Aug 04, 2018 12:25 IST
Arun Kumar
Arun Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
Rahul Gandhi,Arvind Kejriwal,RJD
Member of different NGO shout slogans against Nitish Kumar during a protest over the issue of alleged sexual abuse at a government-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur district, at Bihar Bhawan in New Delhi. (Sonu Mehta/HT Photo)

The political battle over the sexual abuse of girls at the Muzaffarpur short stay home is all set to intensify, with the Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) gearing up for a protest rally along with other Opposition parties at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday.

A candlelight march will also be taken out as part of the event.

RJD leader Tejashwi Prasad Yadav left for the national capital on Friday evening. He has said that the protest would be a “non-political event” despite the presence of top Opposition leaders.

“Congress president Rahul Gandhi and Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal have confirmed their participation in the demonstration because the incident has shaken them as well. Dinesh Trivedi from the Trinamool Congress, Dharmendra Yadav from the Samajwadi Party and Satish Chandra Mishra from the Bahujan Samaj Party will also be there, along with civil society workers, human rights activists and representatives of all major political parties,” he said.

Tejashwi also wrote a letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar, raising serious concern over the safety of girls in Bihar. “Having seven sisters, it pains me to even imagine what the little girls at the shelter home were forced to undergo. It is a most shameful incident. When we raised it in the assembly, the government tried to mislead the house. Were they not Bihar’s daughters? Has our conscience died? Whatever happened with the girls amounted to betrayal of their trust, given that they were promised protection there. What they got in return was physical, mental and sexual torture. The culprits should be hanged once their guilt is established in court,” he wrote.

Tejashwi also wrote an emotional letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar, raising serious concern about safety of Bihar’s innocent daughters.

Tejashwi declared that the dharna in Delhi was aimed at bringing “the true picture of present-day Bihar” before the entire country. “It cannot get worse than this. The manner in which they tried to hush up the matter at the very beginning smacks of a deep-rooted conspiracy,” he said, adding that the authorities delayed FIRs and manipulated inspection reports in connection with the crime.

Tejashwi said the condemnation of the Muzaffarpur shelter scandal issued by the chief minister on Friday was not enough. “There’s still a lot left to be answered. Why was Brajesh Thakur here, there and everywhere, running all kinds of stay homes, getting government funds from different departments for campaigns and ads? It shows that he had a lot of clout at all the right places,” he alleged, adding that the scandal has exposed the so-called social reforms agenda of the Nitish Kumar government.

Tejashwi also wondered how a girl staying at the Madhubani stay home, run by the Parihar Seva Sansthan, had disappeared mysteriously. “In such a sensitive case, the government should have ensured their care and protection. There are reports that the Madhubani stay home is also run by the wife of a person close to a senior JD(U) functionary. The NGO claims to have a huge network in Bihar and Jharkhand, but the manner in which a girl can go missing from there is a cause for concern,” he added.

First Published: Aug 04, 2018 12:15 IST