The Punjab and Haryana high court has directed the Haryana government to tell whether the CBI has taken over investigations into the infamous Rohtak shelter home inmates' abuse and torture case.
The directions came from a division bench comprising acting chief justice Jasbir Singh and justice Rakesh Kumar Jain on Tuesday during hearing of an application filed by the Haryana police special investigating team (SIT), which is also probing the case, seeking medical reports of eight girls examined at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh.
On an application filed by SIT member, IPS officer Sanjay Kumar, that medical reports of eight girl inmates, which were denied to the SIT by the PGIMER authorities, were important for carrying out investigations in the case, the court ruled that since the state had decided to hand over the case to the CBI, medical reports would be of no use to the SIT.
It is pertinent to mention here that on high court directions, eight girl inmates out of a total of 101 were medically examined at PGIMER on May 29. Later, the high court had directed the Haryana government to immediately carry out medical examination of all the inmates of Rohtak shelter home by medical specialists in various fields at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, and to submit their medical reports before July 11.
Earlier, a four-member advocates' committee constituted by the high court had mentioned in its report that the shelter home inmates were subjected to brutal sexual assault, perverse sexual abuse, brutal beating, starvation, naked parade, pornography, forcible abortions, forcible intoxication by caretaker Jaswanti Devi, her relatives, outsiders and also policemen.
A total of 103 children were residing in Apna Ghar shelter home 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 raid at the shelter home on May 10 after which the case had come to light.
The case would now come up for hearing on July 11.