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Yet another proxy NGO of Muzaffarpur shelter abuse main accused faces govt ire

The Bihar government is set to terminate the contract of yet another NGO, Wama Shakti Vahini, believed to be a front of Brajesh Kumar Thakur, the main accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case in which 34 of 42 girls were allegedly raped.

india Updated: Aug 05, 2018 16:29 IST
Ruchir Kumar
Ruchir Kumar
Hindustan Times, Patna
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Earlier on June 8, the government had cancelled the accreditation of Brajesh Kumar Thakur who was listed as a correspondent of a Hindi newspaper Pratha Kamal which was housed in the same shelter home (pictured) where the girls were allegedly abused.(PTI/File Photo)

The Bihar government is set to terminate the contract of yet another non-government organisation (NGO), believed to be a front of Brajesh Kumar Thakur, the man who ran the Muzaffarpur shelter home where 34 girls were allegedly raped.

Health officials said the action was being initiated following adverse police report against Madhu Kumari, project director of the Wama Shakti Vahini (WSV). The firm is empanelled with the Bihar State Aids Control Society (BSACS) as a target intervention (TI) NGO.

Kumari, believed to have close links with Thakur, is an accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter scandal as well. She is evading arrest.

On Thursday, the Bihar government cancelled Kumari’s accreditation and health insurance cover, extended through the information and public relations department (IPRD). Kumari had got herself accredited with the IPRD as a correspondent of Halaat-e-Bihar, an Urdu newspaper, printed and published by Thakur’s son, Rahul Anand.

Earlier on June 8, the government had cancelled the accreditation of Thakur who was listed as a correspondent of a Hindi newspaper Pratha Kamal which was housed in the same shelter home where the girls were allegedly abused.

“During the course of investigation, we have taken cognizance of adverse police report against Madhu Kumari, who runs the NGO. I have asked the project director, BSACS, to make the police report the basis of termination of contract of Wama Shakti Vahini. The termination process has been initiated and it shall be formally communicated in the next few days,” said health department principal secretary Sanjay Kumar.

The NGO works with female sex workers in Muzaffarpur and Bettiah for prevention of Aids under the centrally-funded programme of the National Aids Control Organisation (NACO).

In a massive cleansing operation, the BSACS has also initiated steps for independent evaluation of 27 out of its remaining 33 NGO partners. NACO would carry out the assessment of the NGOs, officials said.

WSV would be the third NGO, having links with Thakur, to be terminated by the BSCAS. In 2016, the state Aids control body had terminated the contract of Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti (SSEVS) and Adarsh Mahila Shilp Kala Kendra (AMSKK), both running TI programme in Muzaffarpur and Samastipur, respectively. Thakur used to run both the NGOs.

On Friday, the BSACS had also issued termination notices to the SSEVS for its TI programme in Darbhanga and Link Workers’ Scheme in Samastipur. The NGO has been given three days to respond why it should be allowed to continue after the social welfare department blacklisted them following the Muzaffarpur shelter expose on May 31.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 16:23 IST