A CBI special magistrate on Tuesday allowed for DNA matching of three suspects in the Rohtak-based Apna Ghar sexual abuse case to ascertain the father of a baby girl born to a physically challenged rape victim.
The girl was born to the victim, 20, on September 16. She was rescued from Apna Ghar after a raid by the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) on May 9. At present, she is living with her daughter at Swadhar, a shelter home run by the Haryana women and child development department in Bhiwani.
One of the suspects, Jai Bhagwan, son-in-law of Apna Ghar caretaker Jaswanti Devi, submitted his objection to DNA matching. He stated that the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) had no authority to take his blood sample, as the victim had not alleged rape in the chargesheet. To lend credence to his argument, Bhagwan said the victim's name was not mentioned in the charrgesheet.
His co-suspect, Satish, objected to the DNA matching.
The third suspect, Jaswant Singh, brother-in-law of Jaswanti Devi, submitted that the court could give any directions as it deemed fit, as per facts and circumstances of the case.
After listening to both sides, the court allowed the CBI application for DNA test of three suspects.
A total of 103 children were rescued from Apna Ghar following the NCPCR raid on May 9. Later, the Punjab and Haryana high court had constituted a four-member advocates' committee, which, in its report, submitted that inmates were subjected to physical and sexual assault by Jaswanti, her relatives, outsiders and policemen.
The case was handed over to the CBI, which registered the FIR on July 12. The investigating agency has so far filed chargesheet against Jaswanti Devi, Jaswant Singh, Jaswanti's daughter Simmi, Jai Bhagwan, Satish, counsellor of shelter home Veena and Satish's sister Sheila.