Bhumi Pednekar’s Bhakshak Based on True Story of Former MLA’s Sexual Assault on Minor Girls

Mumbai: ‘Bhakshak’, directed by Pulkit and starring Bhumi Pednekar, Aditya Srivastava, and Sanjay Mishra in main roles, will stream on Netflix on February 9. It is inspired by the Muzaffarpur Women’s Shelter Case of 2020 in which former MLA Brajesh Thakur and 11 others were sentenced to life imprisonment for sexually assaulting several minor girls.

In this movie, Aditya Srivastava plays Bansi Sahu, a character inspired by Brajesh Thakur, the mastermind of the real-life incident.

This gruesome crime came to the fore in May 2018 when the Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS) presented a report to the Bihar government regarding the alleged sexual abuse of minor girls in the shelter home. On May 29, 2018, the Bihar government relocated the girls in the said shelter home to other protective facilities.

On May 31, 2018, an FIR was filed against the 11 accused in the case. On November 28, 2018, the Supreme Court transferred the investigation to the CBI.

In 2020, a Delhi court convicted 19 individuals, including the main accused, former Bihar People’s Party (BPP) MLA Brajesh Thakur, in connection with the sexual and physical assault of girls at a shelter home in Bihar’s Muzaffarpur district.

Brajesh Thakur, the former MLA, who operated the shelter, was found guilty of aggravated sexual assault under the POCSO Act and gang rape.

Brajesh Thakur is currently serving a life sentence.

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