Women Groups Seek Resignation of Chief Minister on Moral Grounds

Various women's groups demanding full CBI probe in shelter home abuse cases in Bihar.

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Patna: A number of women's organizations in Patna on Saturday gathered at the IMA Hall to condemn growing cases of rape and other sexual abuse at a number of girls and women shelter homes in Bihar saying such cases had reached an epidemic proportion and Chief Minister Nitish Kumar should resign on moral grounds.

Led by All India Progressive Women's Association (AIPWA) General Secretary Meena Tiwari, women representing a host of outfits demanded extensive CBI probes in each case and toughest punishment under the existing laws for perpetrators of such crime that so far has involved victims as young as 7-year-old.

"All such shelters are being run with the help of the government so it is hard to believe that these abuses were not known to the administration. Without the government protection, cases like Muzaffarpur shelter home and Aasra in Patna could not have happened. Girls were not only raped and sexually abused but were also being physically hurt by the same people who were supposed to protect them," Tiwari said.

Nivedita Jha of Bihar Mahila Samaj demanded CBI probes into all 110 such shelter homes in Bihar saying the abuse was rampant and the victims were too afraid to speak out about their ordeals in the hands of some powerful men with strong political backings.

Leaders of other women organizations also demanded sacking and arrest of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and Bihar Urban Development Minister Suresh Sharma (Muzaffarpur) whose name has also surfaced in the Muzaffarpur shelter rape case.

Besides AIPWA and Bihar Mahila Samaj, other political outfits that took part in today's public meeting included All India Women's Cultural Organization, Bihar Women's Network, All India Mahila Janwadi Mahila Samiti, Nazareth Society, Janjagaran Shakti Organization, and Sajha Manch.

"We also demand resignation of Chief Minister Nitish Kumar and Deputy Chief Minister Sushil Kumar Modi as we feel they are also complicit in the ongoing shelter abuse cases in the state," Jha said.

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