Too much focus on one negative incident: Nitish Kumar on Muzaffarpur shelter home rapes

Facing heat over the alleged sexual exploitation of girls at a shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar chief minister Nitish Kumar on Sunday said he would not spare anyone in the case.

Targeting opposition and media, he said that his government has done many positive works and asked them to focus on that.

“Zara positive feed par bhi aap log kripa karke dekh lein. Ek aad negative cheez hogya, usi ko lekar chal rahe hain. Jo gadbad karega vo andar jaega. Usko bachaane wala bhi nahi bachega, vo bhi andar jaega (Look at the positive things also. You are focussing too much on just one negative incident. No guilty will be spared. Even those who try to protect them will go to jail),” Nitish said at an event, according to ANI.

He went on to say that he would not protect anyone and has not made any compromises.

Major opposition parties came together on Saturday to protest against the alleged rape of young girls at the shelter home and demanded that the guilty be brought to book, and accused the BJP-led NDA government of pursuing anti-women polices.

At the protest, Congress president Rahul Gandhi had said that if Nitish Kumar was ashamed, he should take action immediately.

Bihar opposition leader and RJD vice-president Tejashwi Yadav said there was “Rakshas Raj” (demon rule) in the state although those who support the government (the BJP) talked about “Ram Rajya” (Lord Ram’s regime).

On Sunday, he targeted the ruling party over the disappearance of one of the minors rescued from the shelter home and kept at Madhubani, a day after he expressed fear that the girl might have been killed.

The NGO authorities blamed it on “security lapse or conspiracy”.

“Had adequate security but somehow a girl went missing due to security lapse or conspiracy. This should not be made into a political issue,” said Pragya Bharti, who runs the NGO in Madhubani.

Dismissing her claims, Tejashwi said Bharti was “the wife of PA of Sanjay Jha- most closest aide of Bihar CM Nitish Kumar. He is National General Secretry of JDU, Member (Bihar State Planning Board) & Former MLC. See the Shamelessness governance of Nitish Kumar. Nitish Ji must hv to trace that girl. I said MUST have to.”

According to investigators, 34 of the 42 girls of the were found to have been sexually exploited at the shelter home in Muzaffarpur.

First Published: Aug 05, 2018 17:26 IST

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