Patna : After drawing flak over the alleged sexual abuse of girls at a state-funded shelter home in Muzaffarpur and mismanagement in other such homes, the Bihar Social Welfare Department has suspended 14 officials on account of their “negligence and dereliction of duty”, a notification has said.

The suspended officials include seven assistant directors of Child Protection Units, six district child protection officers and superintendent of a remand home for juvenile prisoners.

The notifications of their suspension, which were issued on Saturday, were uploaded on the department’s website today.

All the officials have been suspended with immediate effect and attached to the offices of the divisional commissioners concerned.

Bihar CM Nitish Kumar on Sunday said that the culprits involved in the incident will not be spared. “The culprits will not be spared at any cost. There’ll not be a lenient attitude in the investigatiion. If you still want to abuse me, feel free to do it like those who are up against me,” he said.

One rescued girl goes missing

One among the 14 girls, who were rescued from a shelter home in Muzaffarpur and shifted to a NGO in Madhubani has gone missing. Pragya Bharti, who runs the NGO in Madhubani attributed the loss to security lapse.

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