NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed the Bihar government accusing it of being lackadaisical in its response to rampant sexual abuse in state-run shelter homes where children were allegedly sexually abused.
“The attitude of the state is extremely unfortunate, tragic and shameless to say the least… are these children lesser citizens of the country?” a three-judge bench said. The top court added that it was “tragic” to go over the file of the case each time. There are 17 shelter homes where allegations of sexual abuse were cited in the TISS report. Why should each case not be investigated? Are these children lesser citizens of the country?” the court asked.
A bench consisting of Justices Madan Lokur, Abdul Nazeer and Deepak Gupta said directing the state chief secretary to personally present in court tomorrow when the matter would be taken up again for hearing.