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Exploring the Real-Life Tragedy Behind Netflix's 'Bhakshak' Starring Bhumi Pednekar: Unveiling the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case

Unravelling the chilling tale of the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case, 'Bhakshak' on OTT giant Netflix starring Bollywood's Bhumi Pednekar sheds light on real-life horrors, urging societal vigilance and justice. Read on to know more.

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The release of Bhumi Pednekar's latest thriller, 'Bhakshak', on Netflix has brought the spotlight back on one of India's most horrific cases of sexual abuse – the Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Rape Case. Inspired by real-life events, the film sheds light on the harrowing tale that shook the nation's conscience.

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Directed by Pulkit and produced under Shah Rukh Khan's Red Chillies Entertainment banner, 'Bhakshak' follows the journey of Vaishali Singh, portrayed by Bhumi Pednekar, a courageous journalist determined to uncover the atrocities plaguing a shelter home for young girls. Sanjay Mishra and Aditya Srivastava join the cast, bringing to life characters reflecting the grim reality of the case. ALSO READ: Veteran Actor Mithun Chakraborty Hospitalized After Complaining of Chest Pain

The Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case Timeline:

- February 2018: TISS submits an audit report revealing incidents of sexual assault at the shelter home.
- May 26: TISS report forwarded to Bihar's Social Welfare department director.
- May 29: Bihar government relocates girls to other protective facilities.
- May 31: Special Investigation Team (SIT) formed; FIR lodged against 11 accused, including Brajesh Thakur.
- June 14: Bihar seals the shelter home; rescues 46 minor girls.
- August 1: Bihar Governor calls for monitoring of shelter homes; suggests fast-track courts.
- August 2: Supreme Court intervenes, seeking responses from central and Bihar governments.
- August 5: Bihar Governor suspends six officials.
- August 7: SC prohibits media from publishing victims' images.
- August 8: Bihar's Minister of Social Welfare resigns.
- September 20: SC allows media reporting on the case.
- October 4: CBI finds a girl's skeleton at the shelter home.
- November 28: SC transfers cases to CBI.
- February 7, 2019: Case transferred to POCSO court in Delhi.
- February 25: Trial commences.
- March 2: CBI reports victims' testimonies against Thakur.
- March 6: Bihar CWC claims insufficient evidence.
- March 30: Charges framed against 21 accused.
- May 3: CBI alleges 11 girls were murdered.
- May 6: SC directs CBI to conclude the probe.
- June 3: SC grants CBI three more months.
- September 12: SC permits eight girls to reunite with families.
- September 30: Trial court reserves judgment.
- November 14: Judgment postponed due to lawyers' strike.
- December 12: Judgment deferred due to judge's absence.
- January 8, 2020: CBI informs SC of no evidence of murders.
- January 20: Court convicts Thakur and 18 others.
- January 28: Hearing postponed due to judge's absence.
- February 4: Delhi court reserves sentencing.
- February 11: Thakur and 11 others sentenced to life imprisonment.

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The Muzaffarpur Shelter Home Case stands as a grim reminder of the vulnerabilities faced by marginalized communities, and 'Bhakshak' serves as a poignant tribute to the survivors' resilience and the pursuit of justice. As the film continues to spark conversations, it underscores the urgent need for societal vigilance and systemic reforms to prevent such tragedies from recurring.

Note: The events in the case are depicted based on available information and may be subject to updates and further developments.

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