Haryana social justice and empowerment minister Geeta Bhukkal on Monday said that the state government had withdrawn the Indira Gandhi Mahila Shakti award given to Jaswanti Devi, who ran the shelter home in Rohtak where alleged sexual abuse of minor girls had come to light.
The government has also terminated the membership of Jaswanti Devi from the state Juvenile Justice Board.
The minister said that an FIR had already been registered against Jaswanti Devi for offences under various sections of Indian Penal Code, Immoral Trafficking (Prevention) Act 1956, Bonded Labour Act and Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection) Act.
It was in March last that Jaswanti was honoured by the state government with the Indira Gandhi Nari Shakti Puraskar carrying a cash prize of Rs 1 lakh and a citation.
It was in her shelter home that the heinous crime of sexual abuse of the minor girls had come to light when Delhi police personnel came across three girls who had run away from the shelter on May 7, 2012.
The girls narrated their ordeal to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), after which members of the panel raided the shelter home and rescued 94 children.
Several minor girls had reportedly told NCPCR team that they were sexually abused by Jawanti's son-in-law Jai Bhagwan, besides others.