Medical reports on Saturday confirmed that five more girls from the Muzaffarpur shelter home had been sexually exploited, raising the number of victims in the case to 34. Forty-two girls of Balika Grih were subjected to the medical test at the Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) here.

“The number of girls raped in the shelter home has gone up to 34 from 29 reported earlier …. medical reports of the remaining 8 girls have not shown any signs of sexual contact,” Harpreet Kaur, Senior Superintendent of Police, Muzaffarpur, told
The Hindu
over phone.

“The report of one of the eight girls is, however, suspicious as overwriting has been noticed…we’ve asked the PMCH doctors for clarification”, she said.

Secret staircases found

Senior police officials, including Muzaffarpur Inspector General of Police Sunil Kumar, who visited the shelter home on Saturday found three secret staircases leading up to the adjacent residence of the main accused Brajesh Thakur. Thakur’s NGO, Sankalp Evan Vikas Samiti, which was given the contract to run the home by the State Social Welfare Department, was managing its affairs since October 2013.

The Bihar government has already recommended a CBI inquiry into the case. The district police has arrested 10 of the 11 accused and filed chargesheets against them. Thakur was arrested within 48-hours of the FIR being lodged by the State Welfare Department on May 31.

Leader of Opposition Tejashwi Yadav on Saturday set off on a bicycle rally from Bodh Gaya to Patna to protest against rampant incidents of rape and deteriorating law and order in the State. He had earlier attacked Chief Minister Nitish Kumar for the “delayed decision” to recommend a CBI probe into the case.

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