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SC takes suo motu cognizance of Bihar shelter home sex scandal

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PATNA: The Supreme Court on Thursday took a suo motu cognisance of the alleged mass rape of girls lodged at a care home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur town and imposed a blanket ban on telecasting images — either hidden or blurred — of the victims.

A medical examination has confirmed the rape of as many as 34 girls, out of the total 44 girls lodged at the shelter home.

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A bench of justice MB Lokur and Deepak Gupta expressed deep annoyance over a media interview of the victims and restrained the media from doing this further. “They can’t be compelled to relive the trauma again and again,” the bench said while posting for a further hearing on August 7.

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“There are various departments and officials investigating the case separately. Apart from them, media people too are interviewing the victim girls, which is very reckless,” the court reportedly observed.

The top court said the probe agency would use the help of professional counsellors and qualified child psychiatrists while questioning the victims. It also issued notices to both the Centre and state government and sought a detailed reply from them.


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