After taking over the investigations into infamous Rohtak shelter home -Apna Ghar - children abuse case, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) has been directed by the Punjab and Haryana high court to complete the probe within two months.
The division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain, on Thursday, also directed the premier investigative agency to handle the case with "care and caution" and to "protect privacy of inmates" as most of them were children among the harassed lot.
The court also directed the Haryana women and child development department to provide the required medical aid, treatment and rehabilitation to the shelter home inmates.
After much pressure from various quarters, Haryana government had decided to hand over case to the CBI on June 15 and had made a request to the centre government. However, the CBI took over the case on July 13 and registered formal FIR at Chandigarh.
During the resumed hearing of the case, Haryana government also handed over four sealed packets to the CBI counsel which included, two status reports of Haryana police's special investigation team, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) Rohtak medical reports of 101 inmates and Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh medical reports of eight inmates.
One of the four members of the high court appointed advocate's committee, Anil Malhotra requested the bench for time bound trial in the case, providing them the proper medical treatment, their rehabilitation and in-camera proceedings of the case.
A total of 103 children were residing in Apna Ghar headed by Jaswanti Devi and run by non-governmental organization Bharat Vikas Sangh in Shri Nagar Colony, Rohtak. National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had conducted a surprise raid at the shelter home on May 9 after which the case had come to light.
Later a four member advocates' committee constituted by the high court had submitted in its report after interviews of 101 inmates that they were subjected to sexual assault, brutal beating, starvation, naked parade, pornography, forcible abortions, forceful intoxication by the caretaker Jaswanti Devi, her relatives, outsiders and also the policemen.