Under fire from various quarters, the Haryana government on Friday decided to hand over the investigation into the case of sexual abuse at Apna Ghar to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI).
The case at the Rohtak shelter home is presently being probed by a special investigating team (SIT) of Haryana Police.
Teams from various central agencies such as National Commission for Protection of Children Rights (NCPCR) and National Commission for Women (NCW) had raided the shelter home in May and rescued 120 inmates.
A committee constituted by the Punjab and Haryana high court had made shocking disclosures about the conditions of the inmates. It was alleged that Haryana police personnel were also involved in sexually abusing the girl inmates.
The HC committee in their report had pointed out various instances of abuse such as naked parades, pornography, beatings and forcible abortions by the home's caretaker, Jaswanti Devi and others.
HC committee members Anil Malhotra and Sudeepti Sharma in their report had recommended handing over the case to CBI.
After interviewing inmates at various shelter homes, the committee found that, "Minor girls were taken out to entertain people after being told they were married to them. They were also forced to consume liquor during these outings."
Haryana DGP, Ranjiv Dalal had earlier ruled out handing over the Apna Ghar probe to CBI but the state government has now buckled under the mounting criticism.