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Rahul targets Nitish over Bihar shelter rape case at Jantar Mantar protest

Opposition leaders came together at Delhi’s Jantar Mantar on Saturday evening to protest against Bihar shelter home rape case.

Congress president Rahul Gandhi, Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal and RJD leader Tejashwi Yadav joined the chorus against the Bihar government.

Apart from Gandhi scion, leaders D Raja, Sharad Yadav, Misa Bharti and Sitaram Yechuri have joined the protests.

Rahul took the opportunity to slam Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar over the handling of the case.

We have gathered here for the women of our country and we stand with them. If Nitish ji is really feeling ashamed then he should take immediate action

– Congress president Rahul Gandhi

Earlier today, RJD leader and former Bihar deputy chief minister Tejashwi Yadav demanded death penalty for Muzzafarpur shelter home owner Brajesh Thakur. He also rued apathy by the administration in the case and said that Brajesh was a close aide of Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar.

Rahul Gandhi addressing the gathering at Jantar Mantar. (Photo: Mausami Singh)

Meanwhile, AAP supremo Arvind Kejriwal tweeted that it was a matter of ’40 nirbhayas’ and warned that it will shake the entire government.

Kejriwal demanded that the accused and all the politicians shielding them should be hanged in three months. The AAP leader said that the minor girls were subjected to inhuman treatment. He said that the Bihar government did not take note of the incident despite being apprised about it frequently.

The apathy of the authorities is indicative of the fact that the accused are connected to those occupying the high offices in state. The Delhi CM alleged that leaders of several party leaders are involved in the incident.

What happened in Bihar is a sad incident

– Arvind Kejriwal

THE SCANDAL

Allegations that 34 minor girls were raped for months in Muzaffarpur shelter home triggered a political storm. The girls aged between 7 and 17 alleged that they were raped and sexually assaulted repeatedly in the home owned by Brajesh Thakur.

Most of the girls suffer from speech impairment. Police said that the girls were sedated and raped. Thakur who is known to have political connections ran three newspapers.

The case came to light when Bihar’s social welfare department filed an FIR based on a social audit of the shelter home, conducted by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences in Mumbai (TISS).

FIRs were filed on May 31 and July 29 in connection with the case, while the shelter home was sealed on June 14.

Also read: Bihar shelter rape case accused Brajesh Thakur should be hanged: Tejashwi Yadav

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Updated: August 4, 2018 — 7:22 pm
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