The apex court's decision comes after Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) filed its field action project 'Koshish' before it in a sealed cover, saying the eight girls were fit to be handed over to their families.
Several girls were sexually assaulted at an NGO-run shelter home in Muzaffarpur, Bihar, and the issue had come to light following a report by Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) which had conducted a social audit.
Encephalitis (Chamki Fever) Symptoms, Causes, Precautions, Treatment, Prevention: The exact cause is yet to be identified in the latest Muzaffarpur outbreak. The cause of death in most this year has been attributed to hypoglycaemia (low blood sugar level).
The report said that most of the victims did not have ration cards and access to the public distribution system. Despite these deaths happening for ten years, no preventive mechanism and health awareness was adopted.
Primary and Community Health Centres, the first rung in the state healthcare system, are now on the frontlines of the battle against Acute Encephalitis Syndrome (AES), which has so far claimed the lives of 128 children in Bihar’s worst affected district of Muzaffarpur.
Postmortem house in-charge Dr Bipin Kumar said the bones and the skull could belong to unclaimed bodies. "At times, unclaimed bodies are buried or cremated after post mortem. The skull and bones could be from past such cases," he said.
While doctors have identified malnutrition and low sugar levels as a common thread among all AES patients, the state of the district’s Primary Health Centres and Community Health Centres make the battle against AES doubly harder.