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Bihar governor bats for fast track courts to try cases of sexual abuse

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PATNA: Bihar governor Satya Pal Malik on Wednesday condemned the sexual abuse of girls at state-run child care home and sought for constitution of special courts to speedily try such cases.

He wrote separate letters to the chief minister Nitish Kumar, federal law minister Ravi Shankar Prasad and the chief justice of the Patna High Court to apprise them of his feelings.

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In his letter to chief minister Nitish Kumar, Malik termed the incident as “heart-rending” and a “stigma on humanity”, and demanded that stern action be taken against the culprits involved in wrongdoing.

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He also called for social audit of all child care homes and their proper monitoring.

“In every state, there should be intensive scrutiny of the girl child given shelter. And it should be monitored regularly. Taking lessons from this kind of incident, whenever a child is given a shelter, it should be discussed with the intellectuals,” the governor reportedly wrote in his letter.

He, though, praised Bihar chief minister for handing over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) the investigation of the case related to alleged mass rape of girls at Muzaffarpur-based shelter home in Bihar.

At the same time, he called for strict implementation of the recommendations of Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai which in his social audit report blew lid off the sexual abuse of girls at this care home.

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