The ‘house of horror’ as it is called after the horror story of how girls were ruthlessly and inhumanly kept in the country’s 13th largest state, Bihar, unfolded on July 23. Bihar government funded shelter house, for orphans and lost children, has housed several monsters who did everything to ashame humanity. The shelter house called Balika grih based in Muzaffarpur run by an NGO called Seva Sankalp Evam Samiti headed by Brajesh Kumar Thakur, has so far estimately given shelter to 470 girls in the last 5 years, a police official has revealed. The rape count in the shelter house has ascended to 34 on Saturday based on the medical reports of the sheltered girls. The case of girls being drugged, molested, tortured and raped was registered in Muzaffarpur’s Mahila Police station on May 31, almost more than 2 months, before it was audited by TISS (Tata Institute of Social Sciences).
The girls in the shelter house, mostly speech impaired, narrated their ordeal to the police officials and this has shocked the whole nation. They have alleged that they were fed foods with sedatives, made to sleep naked and were ruthlessly beaten if they resisted the deeds of the monsters on them. “Sedatives were mixed in my food due to which I used to feel dizzy. I was asked by the aunties to sleep in Brajesh sir’s room and they use to talk about some visitor coming there. I use to find my pant thrown on the floor when I got up in the morning,” narrated a 10-year old victim to the POCSO court, quoted by Times of India.
The other testimonies relate the same treatment in the shelter house with other inmates too. The sedatives were given a code term ‘Kide ki Dawai’ (medicine to vaccinate stomach worms) and were allegedly mixed in the foods. “Aunties use to give me kide ki dawai at night, following which we used to fall asleep. My entire body use to pain in the morning…at times we were kicked on our stomach,” outcried another victim.
Some of the common misbehaviour with the inmates of the shelter house were throwing warm water and oil on them, beating mercilessly, foodless days and such other horrendous acts by the management. One of the inmates described that the head of the shelter house, Brajesh, use to scratch her private parts if she refused to take the ‘Kide ki Dawai’. The other testified ordeal of the inmates would make anyone rage with anger against the shelter house administration as well the state administration. One of the inmates has even claimed that a girl has been killed and buried under the shelter house, which will be investigated further.
What shocks us more is the fact that nobody from the locality reported any such crimes to the police authority. When a media source spoke to the residents in the neighborhood, the residents expressed their fear of getting into problems as Brajesh Thakur is a dabbang person in the area. However, they agreed that they heard the screams and yelling of the girls from inside the house. The residents also doubted something fishy about no installation of windows in the house, only ventilator were installed. They also couldn’t recollect anytime when they had seen any girl in the house’s campus or the rooftop of the shelter house.
The whole mystery of the shelter house unfolded after Mumbai based TISS was asked to audit the shelter house. The team who visited the shelter house revealed that there are evidence of violence and sexual assaults in the house on July 23. The news spread like wild fire and opposition made several allegations on Bihar’s Chief Minister, Nitish Kumar. RJD (Rashtriya Janta Dal) was the first to mark their outrage against Nitish Kumar’s administration. “Several drugs and things related to abortion were being used at the shelter home. Still, the main suspect Brajesh Thakur is being protected by the government. When will he be arrested? Till when minor girls will be raped in the state,” said RJD leader and son of Fodder scam convict Lalu Prasad Yadav, Tejashwi Yadav. He went ahead to compare Nitish Kumar’s administration as that of Ramayana’s evil character, Ravana.
Nitish Kumar, however, ordered CBI (Central Bureau of Investigation) probe in the shelter house rape case by writing a letter to the state’s Principal Secretary, Director General of Police and Chief Secretary to handover the case to the central agency, on July 26. The central agency has registered a case against 11 employees of the shelter house as well as Brajesh Thakur, on July 29.