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Rohtak shelter home victim goes missing from Panipat

Vishal Joshi, Hindustan Times  Panipat, November 05, 2012
First Published: 21:51 IST(5/11/2012) | Last Updated: 23:59 IST(5/11/2012)

A 20-year-old woman, who had alleged exploitation at the Rohtak-based Apna Ghar, went missing under mysterious circumstances from a charitable shelter home here on Monday.

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According to the police, the victim reported missing from Mother Teresa Mandbudhi Ashram, Sector 12, here in the morning.

She, along with 10 other "victims" of Rohtak home, was shifted to Panipat in May.

The police said that in September too, she had tried to run away by climbing a tree but was rescued by the police.

After that incident, the shelter authorities were advised to raise the boundary wall, but the police advisory was not heeded, said Chandni Bagh police station SHO Ram Kumar.

Meanwhile, according to information available with Hindustan Times, the woman had told the special investigation team (SIT) of Haryana police probing the sexual and physical exploitation cases, that she had suffered at the hands of the management of the Rohtak home.

In her statement to the SIT, she had alleged that she was often beaten up and starved for long periods by manager Jaswanti Devi, who is in police custody.

The victim's psychiatric examination conducted by the SIT had suggested that she had "mild mental retardation".

"The gynaecological findings suggested an earlier delivery," the SIT report had stated which was later handed over to the Central Bureau of Investigation.

In her police statement, she had charged Jaswanti "with forcibly terminating her pregnancy which resulted in severe stomach ache to her besides bleeding".
 
Identity revealed
Unable to trace the woman, the SP office made the identity of the alleged victim of sexual and physical exploitation, public. In a press release issued in the evening, the SP office released a photograph and details of the victim and sought public help in rescuing her. Sources in police said revealing her identity to the public might lead her into further trouble.

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