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'Toddler died due to Jaswanti's negligence'

There seems no end to the shocking tales of inmates lodged at 'Apna Ghar' shelter home in Rohtak, which was run by Jaswanti Devi. A former inmate claimed on Friday that a two-year-old girl had died of cold at the home last year after Jaswanti denied her proper treatment.

chandigarh Updated: Jun 15, 2012 19:35 IST
HT Correspondent

There seems no end to the shocking tales of inmates lodged at 'Apna Ghar' shelter home in Rohtak, which was run by Jaswanti Devi. A former inmate claimed on Friday that a two-year-old girl had died of cold at the home last year after Jaswanti denied her proper treatment.

"Suffering from cold, Shivani was refused treatment on time by Jaswanti Devi, the owner of the home," said the inmate who was shifted to Jan Seva Sangh after a raid by National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) team on May 9.

"Shivani had fallen ill due to severe cold but Jaswanti didn't care to consult a doctor until she started vomiting. She died on way to the hospital," she claimed.

The 17-year-old girl, brought to Apna Ghar one-and-half year ago, said: "Despite sexual harassment, bounded labour and brutal assaults with rods, we were never provided carpets or blankets during winters. We were forced to sleep on bare floor during peak winters."

Another inmate said they were paraded naked and beaten up tied to grills.

They also expressed concern over their future due to disruption in education after the NCPCR raid.
The 16-year-old girl said that after certain inmates were shifted to Jan Seva Sangh, they were promised enrollments in educational institutions and jobs for adults. "It has been more than a month, but nothing has been done so far," she added.