A Delhi court will pronounce today the quantum of sentence of 19 people held guilty in the case of sexually and physically assaulting several girls in a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district. The verdict will be announced at 2.30 p.m. today. The hearing concluded on 4th of February.
Last week, the CBI had sought life imprisonment for Brajesh Thakur, the key accused in the case, convicted of sexually and physically assaulting several girls in a shelter home.
In its 1,546 page judgement, the court had convicted on 20th of January, Thakur of several offences, including aggravated penetrative sexual assault under Section 6 of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and offences of rape under the Indian Penal code (IPC). Thakur had once unsuccessfully contested Assembly polls on Bihar People’s Party (BPP) ticket. The offences entail a maximum punishment of life imprisonment.
The case was transferred on 7th February last year from a local court in Muzaffarpur in Bihar to a POCSO court at Saket district court complex in Delhi on the Supreme Court’s directions.