Enforcement Directorate Files PMLA Case Against Muzaffarpur Shelter Home’s NGO

The Enforcement Directorate on Wednesday registered a money laundering case in connection with the alleged sexual assault of 34 girl inmates at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur.

According to media reports, the investigation agency said that they said, will soon issue summons to the accused including the centre owner Brajesh Thakur. It will probe if illegal funds were generated and laundered by this alleged criminal activity.

According to reports in certain sections of the media, the agency will be investigating the grants received by the Sewa Sankalp Evam Vikas Samiti that ran the shelter home. The properties acquired from the alleged proceeds of crime will also be accounted.

Recoverey Of Skeletons

Earlier this month, the Central Bureau of Investigation told the Supreme Court that they unearthed the skeleton of a 15-year-old girl at a cremation site in Bihar during its inquiry into the Muzaffarpur shelter home rape cases.

This development came just a day after the investigation agency began to excavate a grave in Muzaffarpur, where it is suspected that the remains of some of the girls, who were sexually abused at the shelter home, could be buried.\

Existing Mechanism Is Inadequate To Curb Incidents Of Sexual Abuse

The Supreme Court in the hearing earlier this month said that the existing mechanism was “not adequate” to curb incidents of sexual abuse of children and girls at shelter homes

A bench headed by Justice Madan B. Lokur and comprising of Justice S A Nazeer and Justice Deepak Gupta said, “The existing mechanism is not adequate. If it was adequate then what had happened in Muzaffarpur would not have happened.”

The bench further said, “There are two things. One is that some states admitting such things have happened and if such things have happened, some corrective steps have to be taken. The second is where some states may not admit it. Some states may say that please do not register FIRs of rape so that our record looks good,”

The bench asked the MWCD’s counsel to call the joint secretary of the ministry so that modalities to deal with the issue could be understood. “We will understand what is proposed to be done,” the bench said.

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