Santosh Singh


Nitish Kumar announces Rs 10 lakh aid to SC, ST youths to set up industry
Thu, Aug 16, 2018

Rs 60,000 to Rs 1 lakh assistance to people who lost jobs due to liquor ban

Patna shelter home deaths: Police say strong case of negligence against NGO
Wed, Aug 15, 2018

Two women inmates, aged 40 and 17, of a shelter home at Rajiv Nagar, were reportedly brought dead to Patna Medical College and Hospital (PMCH) on Friday.

Muzaffarpur shelter abuse case: CBI questions Brajesh Thakur’s son Rahul Anand, may conduct fresh digging
Sun, Aug 12, 2018

The CBI team led by SP JP Mishra opened all the rooms of the shelter home. CBI sources said the team might conduct fresh digging at the foreground of the shelter.

Bihar govt schools directed to hold prayers on loudspeakers
Sat, Aug 11, 2018

The principal secretary wanted all schools to purchase the loudspeakers by Friday. Most schools, however, have either not received the order or have not been able to purchase loudspeakers.

Rajya Sabha Deputy Chairman election: NDA’s pick Harivansh Singh chose journalism over bank officer’s job
Thu, Aug 09, 2018

Harivansh Narayan Singh is the first JD(U) man to be picked up by the BJP dispensation for a job at the Centre in the backdrop of a long-held grouse of Nitish that even while he had given a full representation to the BJP in his government, the other side had not reciprocated it at the Centre.

Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse case: Six senior officers among 23 suspended
Mon, Aug 06, 2018

These decisions come a week after the Muzaffarpur case was handed over to the CBI, and three days after Bihar Chief Minister Nitish Kumar said the the incident has shamed his government.

Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Brajesh Thakur- under his care 34 girls were ‘sexually assaulted’
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

The story of Brajesh Thakur, newspaper owner, local power broker and the man who ran the shelter where 34 girls, most of them children, were allegedly sexually assaulted. The Indian Express investigates the man and his networks.

Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse: How the system failed them
Sun, Aug 05, 2018

Over the four years of its existence, the shelter home in Bihar, like most government-run shelters in the state, was inspected by multiple bodies, but none flagged the “highly questionable manner” in which it was being run or that “several girls (had) reported about violence and being abused sexually”.

Muzaffarpur shelter home abuse: One of key accused was in line for state award
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Medical examination of the inmates confirmed sexual exploitation in the case of 29 of the 44 girls. The police registered a case against 11 people including Brajesh Thakur and Madhu Kumari on May 31. All 44 girls have since been shifted to short-stay homes in Madhubani, Patna and Mokama. 

Next door to Muzaffarpur: Dept ‘warned’ of gaps in Sitamarhi shelter home, little action 16 months on
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

It has emerged that just about 40 days after the shelter home began operations, on March 1, 2017, a top district child protection unit (CPU) officer found out irregularities there and recommended its closure. The department appears to have ignored the alert.

Muzaffarpur: 50 days after inspection, FIR on missing inmates at shelter home
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Child Protection Officer said after a case was filed against Brajesh Thakur in the case of alleged sexual exploitation of girls in a Muzaffarpur shelter home, other shelters being run by his NGOs had started functioning erratically.

Sexual abuse at Muzaffarpur shelter: Daily of main accused printed 300 copies, circulation shown as 60,000
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

The daily, Pratah Kamal, would get advertisements worth nearly Rs 30 lakh per year from the Bihar government, sources said.

Bihar NGO that got government cash had ‘ghost’ secretary no one ever saw
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Documents accessed by The Indian Express show the social welfare department’s Muzaffarpur wing did raise questions about “incompetent staff”, installation of CCTV cameras, and the presence of fewer girls at the shelter than the number of enrolments.

Month after report red-flagged abuse at girls’ shelter, Bihar NGO got another govt project
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

According to official records, Thakur was getting about Rs 1 crore per year, from both the Centre and state government, to run five shelters for girls and women in Muzaffarpur.

Sexual abuse at six homes, physical violence at 14: Report to Bihar govt
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

In a chapter titled “Grave Concerns”, the report, seen by The Sunday Express, lists specific complaints by inmates. Here are excerpts from the report.

Running behind target, Bihar plans incentives to build houses for poor
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

The state government has shown urgency after being warned by the Centre of not being given a fresh target for 2018-19, as the state government was able to construct only 32,000 houses by March 31.

Muzaffarpur shelter home case: Man identified as ‘head sir’ by inmates is child welfare panel chief, say cops
Sat, Jul 28, 2018

The police have filed a chargesheet against 10 people, who were arrested earlier. They have also initiated a process of declaring Verma a proclaimed offender. The state government has recommended a CBI probe into the matter.

Nitish Kumar seeks CBI probe into sex abuse at Muzaffarpur shelter home
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

The Muzaffarpur police have arrested 10 people so far, including Ravi Kumar Roshan, the district child protection officer, Brajesh Thakur, caretaker of the short stay home, and Vikas Kumar, a member of the child welfare committee.

Nitish Kumar must step down as Bihar CM: RLSP chief Upendra Kushwaha
Thu, Jul 26, 2018

His comments come at a time when the din for elevating Kushwaha as NDA’s face in the state for 2019 Lok Sabha and 2020 Assembly polls is growing.

Muzaffarpur shelter home: Medical reports of 29 inmates suggest sexual abuse, says police
Sat, Aug 04, 2018

Under attack from Opposition over the case, CM Nitish Kumar Tuesday met state DGP and home secretary in this regard.