Haryana government is all set to take back the state award given to Jaswanti Devi, head of the non-government organisation Bharat Vikas Sangh, which was running a shelter home in Rohtak where several minor girls were allegedly sexually abused by her son-in-law Jai Bhagwan.
State social welfare minister Geeta Bhukkal told HT that while the responsibility for failure of officials at all levels to monitor such shelters homes was to be fixed, she had asked the Rohtak district administration to start the proceedings to take back the award.
"Since it was on the basis of the Rohtak administration recommendation that the state government had given the award, I have asked it to initiate proceedings to take the award back because of the shocking revelations at the shelter home," she said and added that the state government was considering framing policy and code of conduct for awardees failing which their award would be taken back.
So far, the government does not have any policy or norms to take back such award in an event of foul play on part of the awardee.
It was in March this year that Jaswanti was honoured by the state government with 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 minor girls had come to light when three girls, who had run away from the shelter home on May 7, 2012, were found by Delhi police, after which they narrated their ordeal to National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR), members of which raided the shelter home and rescued 94 children.