PATNA: The former social welfare minister of Bihar, Maju Verma, has surrendered herself in a court in Begusarai. Her name was involved in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sex abuse case.
Manju Verma reached in the court premises on Monday and as soon as she entered the court premises, she fainted to the floor. When bystanders sprinkled water on her, she regained consciousness. After that, she reached out to Additional Justice Magistrate Prabhat Trivedi. It is reported that the ex-minister came to the court in an auto rickshaw.
The surrender of Manju Verma is a huge relief for Nitish Kumar Govt. as Court has reprimanded Bihar Govt. for its failure of tracing Ms Verma.
The supreme court has been rebuking Bihar Govt over a period of time for the manner in which Bihar Govt. is trying to handle the case of Shelter Home Sexual Abuse.
The Supreme Court had ordered Bihar Police Chief to present himself in the court and clear about how Ms Verma has been hiding from the police.
Mr Verma resigned from her designation of Social Welfare Minister in August after her husband’s name came into the light as an accused in the Shelter Home case. Chandershekhar Verma is accused of visiting the shelter home many times in the past few months and he is aide of the prime accused in the case, Mr Brajesh Thakur.
On the first of November, the supreme court issued a non-bailable warrant against Maju Verma, The court asked the Govt. if Manju Verma is really “above the law of the land”?
The actual case
Mumbai’s Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) carried out a social audit of shelter homes across Bihar for 2017 and it found repeated sexual abuse of inmates at a short stay home in Muzaffarpur.
The girls were rescued after the Tata Institute submitted its report and Govt. lodged an FIR after reviewing the report.
A person with the name Brajesh Thakur ran the NGO which run many Shelter Homes in Bihar. He was accused as many girls were missing from his shelter homes. Out of the 42 girls housed at a shelter house he ran, 34 have been exposed to sexual assault, a medical report confirmed