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Shelter home rape case: 5 more cases of rape confirmed

The number of girls raped at a government shelter home in Bihar has gone up to 34, according to a fresh medical report. Earlier, medical examinations of 29 of the 42 inmates of the shelter home in Muzaffarpur district confirmed that they were raped for months.

Amid huge media outcry, Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar handed over the investigation into the case to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) on Thursday. Deputy CM Sushil Kumar Modi said the state government would request the Patna High Court to monitor the probe.

The sexual assault at the state-run home came to light after Mumbai-based Tata Institute of Social Sciences submitted a report, based on conversations with several girls at the home which was meant to be their shelter.

An FIR was subsequently registered on a complaint by the state social welfare department and 10 persons, including the patron of the NGO which ran the shelter home and the then district child protection officer, were arrested.

The non-governmental organisation running the shelter home has been blacklisted and all the girls have been shifted to homes in neighbouring districts.

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