Additional Sessions Judge Saurabh Kulshreshtha at Saket Court has convicted Brajesh Thakur and 18 other accused persons in the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home case.
Brajesh Thakur has been convicted for multiple grounds of rape, gangrape (section 376(d), IPC) aggravated sexual assault under section 6 of POCSO Act, criminal conspiracy, and offences under the Juvenile Justice Act.
Certain female accused persons are convicted of criminal conspiracy, abetment of crime, section 12 of the POCSO Act, and offences under the Juvenile Justice Act.
One accused, Vicky, has been acquitted of all the charges. Another accused Rosy Rani is also acquitted of all the charges except section 21 of the POCSO Act.
Several girls were raped and sexually abused at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar. The issue had come to light following a report by the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS).
The accused in the present case involved Bihar politician Brajesh Thakur, certain employees of the shelter home and the officials from Bihar Department of Social Welfare.
All the 20 accused persons were charged with criminal conspiracy under section 120B of IPC, rape, and of aggravated sexual assault under section 6 of POCSO Act.
Earlier in February, the Supreme Court has directed for the transferring of the case from Bihar to a Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) court in Saket District Court complex.