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Shelter home case: 81 inmates still to be examined at PGIMS

chandigarh Updated: Jun 21, 2012 23:12 IST
Sanjeev Verma

Only 20 of the 101 inmates of the 'Apna Ghar' shelter home in Rohtak have so far been medically examined in the wake of Punjab and Haryana high court's order on June 15.

While 12 inmates were examined at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, over the last three days, the state had got eight inmates examined at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, on May 29 - again on high court's orders.

At this pace, it would take another 20 days to examine all the inmates, who may be HIV-infected or mentally traumatised and needing immediate medical attention.

A four-member panel constituted by the Punjab and Haryana high court has already submitted its inquiry report into the abuse and torture of the inmates, which first came to light on May 9.

Speaking to Hindustan Times on phone, PGIMS director Dr Chand Singh Dhull said: "We have constituted a medical board for examining the inmates being brought by the police."

He confirmed that this week, 12 inmates were examined and their medical reports were handed over to the police officers concerned in a sealed cover. "Out of the lot, two girls were found to be suffering from mental disorders and have been admitted for treatment," said Dr Dhull.

Asked whether PGIMS had put any restriction on the number of inmates to be examined every day, Dr Dhull said, "We have not put any such cap."

However, the manager of Bhiwani's Bal Sewa Ashram, where some of the inmates are being housed, has complained about the non-cooperative attitude of the PGIMS authorities.

In a letter addressed to the state chief secretary, Rohtak and Bhiwani DCs, PGIMS director and the DGP on Wednesday, ashram manager Bhoop Singh has written that of the six girls shifted to his ashram from Apna Ghar in May, three were examined at Bhiwani civil hospital on June 14 and while one was found HIV positive, other two were traumatised and were referred to PGIMS.

The manager requested the authorities to shift these girls to Rohtak, saying it was not practical to take them to PGIMS for visits.