Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Charges framed against 21 accused, trial to start from April 3
Delhi's Saket court has framed charges against all 21 accused in the Muzaffarpur shelter home sexual assault case under sections of the Indian Penal Code, including Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, rape and criminal conspiracy.
Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha pronounced the order.
The court will hold trial for rape, sexual assault, sexual harassment, drugging of minors, and criminal intimidation among other charges.
The trial is scheduled to start from April 3.
The key accused, Brajesh Thakur and the employees of his shelter home, as well as the officials of Bihar department of social welfare have been accused of criminal conspiracy, neglect of duty, and failure to report assault on the girls.
Several girls were allegedly raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The incidents came to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS). An FIR was lodged in the case on May 31, 2018.
Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha had posted the matter for March 25 after hearing arguments of the CBI, which had chargesheeted 21 people.
The accused have denied allegations levelled against them. During the arguments, the accused had told the court that there was lack of evidence against them to put them on trial.