A 14-year-old girl (identity withheld), who had fled from the infamous Apna Ghar child shelter home 18 months ago, has lent more credence to the charges of sexual exploitation by its head Jaswanti Devi and her family members are facing.
Currently, Jaswanti Devi, her daughter Simmi, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan and two others are languishing in jail and the Central Bureau of Investigation is investigation the case. The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights conducted a raid on the Apna Ghar sheltar home on May 9, 2012 and rescued the minor and orphan girls from the clutches of Jaswanti Devi.
The girl was brought to the town from Saharanpur and produced before deputy commissioner and child protection officer by the social organisation, Child Line, on Wednesday. After listening to the harrowing tale, the district child welfare committee headed by deputy commissioner, Amit Aggarwal, has sent the girl to the government owned child protection house, Bal Kunj, Chachrolli, Yamunanagar.
According to the counselling report (HT has a copy) of the victim, she had been living in the Apna Ghar since her childhood and Jaswanti Devi and her daughter Simmi used to look after the sheltar home. She said that 50 other girls also used to live at the home, who were forced to go with outsiders, including politicians and cops, who used to pay money to Jaswanti Devi. She said that after she had escaped from the child sheltar home in Yammunanagar after being shifted from Apna Ghar, she reached Haridwar by train and started working at a house as a sweeper.
The victim was traced by the Saharanpur Child Line organisation, who brought the victim to the town.
Deputy commissioner and chairperson of district child welfare committee, Amit Aggarwal, said that the girl was among the victims of Apna Ghar, who were shifted to different child shelter homes in the state, and she probably escaped from Yammunanagar sheltar home. She was spotted by the social organisation recently and brought her to Rohtak, as the victim told them that she was an inmate of Apna Ghar.
The victim has been again sent to Yammunagar child shelter home and orders have been given to counsel her.