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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Panchkula, November 18, 2013
The CBI special court, Haryana, here on Monday dismissed anticipatory bail applications of three accused in the Apna Ghar sexual abuse case. Former child development project officer of Rohtak Angrez Kaur Hooda, Roshni, an acquaintance of main accused Jaswanti, and Ram Prakash Saini, an associate of Jaswanti, were named in the supplementary charge sheet filed on September 16, who had moved the court to avoid arrest. 

As per the charge sheet, Hooda was responsible to inspect the functioning of Apna Ghar and she used to visit it regularly. Investigations have established that Hooda used to assault inmates.

CBI submitted in the court that Roshni, a resident of Meham in Rohtak, in criminal conspiracy with Jaswanti, allegedly took away the child of an inmate after he was born on October 2, 2009, at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences, Rohtak, and, thereafter, submitted a forged affidavit and got issued a birth certificate showing herself the mother. During the investigations, the programme officer, district level, Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) cell, Rohtak, informed the CBI that no permission was taken by Bharat Vikas Sangh from her office regarding adoption of any child. She said the NGO never informed her office about such practice.

Ram Prakash Saini was closely associated with Jaswanti and was working in Apna Ghar, Rohtak. It has been established that an inmate was sent to work at his house by Jaswanti for a month, for which no remuneration was paid to her.

Along with Hooda, Roshni and Saini, Jaswanti Devi, her brother Jaswant Singh, daughter Simmi, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, driver Satish, counsellor of shelter home Veena and Satish's sister Sheila are accused in the case where the allegations are of rape, molestation, assault, causing miscarriage without women's consent, unlawful compulsory labour, criminal intimidation, cruelty to juvenile or child, criminal conspiracy and selling of children.

The case

Bharat Vikas Sangh was registered in 1994 as an NGO. Jaswanti Devi is secretary of the NGO and used to look after its day-to-day affairs with assistance of her daughter Simmi. Jaswanti was running a project Apna Ghar for destitute/orphan children and Swadhar for adult females. Both the projects were being run from house no. 1674/22, Shri Nagar Colony, Rohtak, of Jaswanti and the house is also known as Apna Ghar.

Three inmates escaped on May 7, 2012, from Apna Ghar. These girls reached New Delhi and were being counseled at Nirmal Chaya, Tihar, New Delhi. They revealed about activities of sexual violence at Apna Ghar. A team under National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) visited Apna Ghar on May 9, 2012, and interviewed inmates.

Seven people, including Jaswanti, were arrested the next day. Later a four member advocates' committee constituted by the high court had submitted in its report after interviews of inmates that they were subjected to sexual violence. The case was handed over to the CBI on July 12, 2012.