The Supreme Court bench comprising of Justice M B Lokur, Deepak Gupta and K M Joseph criticized the Bihar Government for the alleged rape of minor girls in the state. Concerned about the women and their condition in the country the bench said, “What is to be done? Girls and women are getting raped left, right and centre.”
Asking the Bihar Government to arrest the wife of the accused because she revealed the name of one of the girls in the incident on her Facebook account, SC slams the Government as to why the shelter home wasn’t checked before it was given state funds.
Meanwhile, advocate Aparna Bhat, appointed amicus curiae in the case mentioned that no compensation has been paid to the alleged victims at the Muzaffarpur shelter home.
According to the National Crime Records Bureau data, every six hours, a woman is raped in India with 38,947 women raped in India in 2016.
With the social audit report of the NGOs, it is found that the Muzaffarpur-based NGO is not the only one which is facing an allegation of rape incidents, there are 15 similar state-funded institutions in Bihar currently going under scrutiny.
The alleged sexual exploitation was first highlighted by a report sent by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) which was submitted to the state’s social welfare department in April.
With the Muzaffarpur case in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh’s Deoria incident women and child development minister Maneka Gandhi said, “I have been asking for a scheme where each state should have a single large facility to house all such girls and children which should be run by the state government,” according to a report by Indiatimes.
With such gruesome acts, the abuse and misuse of girls and women in our country, we are nowhere safe and nor can we trust anybody. Even the Government didn’t know the funds of the public were misused and were used for such a horrifying incident. What we as citizens can do is stand up for ourselves and others in need.
The Government should install proper CCTV cameras at all NGO’s and shelter homes, to keep an eye on their daily activities and records as well. With the trauma the girls and the women have been through, the least the Government can do for them is to compensate them financially with their identities not getting revealed.