PATNA: Rashtriya Janata Dal (RJD) vice-president and former Bihar chief minister Rabri Devi on Friday questioned the continuance of chief minister Nitish Kumar on the throne in the aftermath of horrible mass rapes of little girls in government-run care home saying he must resign soon.
As many as 34 girls aged between seven and 14 years were raped for years in the care home run by a non-governmental organization, an official report has confirmed, leading to an inquiry into the case by the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI). The investigation is being monitored by the Patna High Court.
The Supreme Court too has taken suo motu cognizance of the incident and pulled up the state government for alleged slackness on its part.
“Nitish Kumar should immediately quit. Only the resignation of Manju Verma (who was serving as social welfare minister in the government) won’t suffice. The chief minister will have to go too,” Rabri demanded, speaking to a TV news channel on Friday. The social welfare minister resigned on Wednesday after the name of her husband surfaced in the incident.
Launching a scathing attack on the ruling regime, she held the chief minister “responsible” for all the horrors.
“The chief minister is guilty. The mass rape (of girls) has taken place under his eyes, in his government’s home,” she stated adding the chief minister should be ashamed of the shameful act and quit.
“Our little daughters were drugged, injected and raped…it’s very horrible. My head hangs in shame but the chief minister is not ashamed of it and is firmly seated on the throne,” she exclaimed.
“I’m wondering how the government didn’t get a hint of such dirty act in the shelter home. How can the chief minister escape from his responsibility by simply stating that he was not aware about it? Why he was not aware about this when he was routinely holding review meetings of every department? Why didn’t he review the functioning of the social welfare department and if he did, then how did his government release funds?” she asked.
She asked the CBI to conduct an impartial investigation into the case without coming under the pressure of the government and asked them to reveal the names of people involved in the sex scandal.
“People trust the CBI since it’s known for conducting proper investigation. Now the agency has to come clean on people’s expectation,” she said.
She mocked the “Save girls” and “Send girls to schools” campaigns of the government. “The common men are being asked to send girls to schools. Why will they send them there when they are not safe? Currently, the daughters are feeling safer at home only,” she stated.