The rapes and the incident of missing women and children from the shelter homes in Bihar owned by Brajesh Thakur have triggered a political furore across the nation. However, it seems there is more to Thakur’s history.
Indiatoday.in has accessed pictures of Thakur with prominent politicians from Bihar including present Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and former CM Lalu Prasad.
In one of the pictures, Thakur can be seen on the stage with Nitish Kumar, while in another visibly old photograph he is seen with Lalu Prasad.
While a political storm is brewing with allegations and counter allegations between the state government and opposition parties, the latest development seems to add to the ongoing strife.
Meanwhile, Tejashwi Yadav clarified on the photograph of Thakur with Lalu.
The photo in question dates back to 1990s. Brijesh Thakur seems to be a reporter then. He did not even have an NGO. They are just trying to divert attention by highlighting this photo.
Tejashwi also said that photos of top leaders honouring Thakur corroborate that several senior leaders are involved in this case and that CM Nitish Kumar was trying to shield them. “Probe was delayed deliberately to manipulate evidence,” he said.
THAKUR AND POLITICS
There have also been accusations that several politicos were in collusion with Thakur. It is also reported that Thakur, who owns three newspapers, had also contested the Bihar polls in the past.
After 34 rape cases were reported from the shelter home in Bihar, now it has been found that 11 women and four children have been reported missing from another shelter home owned by Thakur.
The first shelter, Seva Sankalp Samiti, has been shut since June when police arrested 10 people, including the owner, after investigations showed girls had been abused.
It has been reported that girls between 7 and 17 years of age alleged that they were raped and sexually assaulted at Thakur’s shelter home. Police said that the girls, most of who suffer from speech-impairment, were sedated and raped.
The girls who resisted the attempts were beaten up by the officials and employees at the home. Medical report after the incident came to light suggested that at least 34 girls were raped at the home.
SUPREME COURT’S INTERVENTION
Meanwhile, on Thursday the Supreme Court issued a notice to the Bihar government and the Ministry of Women and Child Development regarding the rape case.
The court has also prohibited the use of pictures of the minor victims, even morphed images. The order comes in wake of the criticism of electronic and print media for allegedly using blurred pictures of the children.
Earlier, the Congress demanded a Supreme Court monitored CBI enquiry in the incident. On the other hand, the Left parties have called for a Bihar bandh in protest against the rape case.
The protest, called by Left parties, is also being supported by the Rashtriya Janata Dal.