Facing criticism over alleged sexual exploitation at a shelter home for minors in Muzaffarpur, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar Friday said the incident has shamed the government, adding that those found guilty will be “severely punished”, reported news agency ANI. Kumar also said the case had been handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and that he wants the Patna High Court to monitor the probe. This is the Chief Minister’s first statement in connection with the case, which has rocked the Bihar Legislative Assembly and found mention in the on-going monsoon session of Parliament.
“Muzaffarpur mein aisi ghatana ghat gayi ki hum sharamsaar ho gaye. CBI jaanch kar rahi hai, High Court iski monitoring kare (The incident in Muzaffarpur has shamed us. The CBI is investigating it and I want the High Court to monitor it),” he was quoted as saying by ANI. “I would like to assure everyone that no leniency will be shown towards anyone, and all those found guilty will be severely punished.”Kumar’s statement comes a day after the Supreme Court took suo moto cognizance of the allegations. Kumar’s JD(S) is in coalition with the BJP in the state. Meanwhile, the opposition led by the RJD has been criticising the state government over the issue. The party is organising a protest at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Saturday. Talking to ANI, Former deputy CM Teajshwi Yadav said that Congress president Rahul Gandhi has also confirmed his presence in the protest. Yadav has demanded Nitish’s resignation over the issue. The Bihar government had filed several cases after a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) alleged sexual and physical abuse of inmates at several short stay homes in the state.