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Missing inmate was witness to Apna Ghar horror

One of the two inmates of a local shelter home, who went missing under mysterious circumstances on December 9, was among the key witnesses in the infamous Apna Ghar shelter home case.

chandigarh Updated: Dec 16, 2012 12:08 IST
Vishal Joshi

One of the two inmates of a local shelter home, who went missing under mysterious circumstances on December 9, was among the key witnesses in the infamous Apna Ghar shelter home case.


The two were shifted to a shelter home located in the local Gandhi Nagar locality being run by Hari Om Sewa Dal from Apna Ghar in mid-June this year.

Investigations made by Hindustan Times revealed that the 18-year-old woman was a key witness against prime suspect Jaswanti Devi, her daughter Sushma alias Simmi and son-in-law Jai Bhagwan.

According to a report of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Haryana Police, which was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI), the victim had blamed the trio of sexually abusing and torturing her and other victims.

The statements were recorded by Vidhyawati, woman deputy superintendent of police of SIT.

A senior functionary of the state police associated with the investigation said that disappearance of the victim could prove damaging to the prosecution.

At present, the case is being heard by a Panchkula-based CBI court and Jaswanti, her daughter and son-in-law are in the judicial custody.

According to the Haryana SIT report (HT has a copy), the woman had alleged that Jaswanti used to force a disabled inmate of Apna Ghar to get sexually involved with her (the victim).

The victim had also charged Jaswanti and her daughter Sushma of clicking nude photos of her.

According to the report, the victim had claimed to be a witness of Jaswanti's repeated heinous act of inserting scissors in the private parts of Apna Ghar inmates.

She had also alleged that Jaswanti had sold an inmate's child and used to beat children.

The victim had also told the SIT that Jai Bhagwan used to sexually abuse and rape inmates and named four persons in her statement.

Jai Bhagwan was also charged with terminating pregnancy of another inmate (name withheld) without her consent.

The victim's medical examination conducted on June 18 had confirmed physical torture caused by hot objects.