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Muzzaffarpur shelter home case: Govt gone soft?

11/27/2018

New Delhi, The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Bihar government for its alleged failure to file a correct FIR and gave it 24 hours to add the appropriate charges under Indian Penal Code and Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act in connection with the Muzzaffarpur shelter home case. Headed by Justice Madan Bhimrao Lokur, the bench slammed the Bihar government and asked why an offence under section 377 of the IPC had not been registered. 'We were told that the matter will be looked with great seriousness, this is seriousness,'' observed the apex court. Petitioner submitted that the Bihar government had been soft on the accused. A staff member was allegedly involved in the sexual abuse and physical violence. It was an offence under section 377 of IPC and POCSO Act and they registered case under minor charges, contended the petitioner. The Supreme Court said,' If we find that there were offences under section 377 of the IPC and POCSO Act and you did not register First Information Report we will pass order against the state government.'We were told that the matter will be taken with great seriousness, this is the kind of seriousness?' the apex court said. Justice Deepak Gupta, who was also on the bench said, 'Every time I read this file (relating to the case) it’s tragic.'

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