‘Children were on sale at Rohtak's Apna Ghar’

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Panchkula
  • Updated: Aug 06, 2015 11:07 IST

In the resumed hearing in Apna Ghar sexual abuse case of Rohtak at the CBI special court of Haryana, witnesses and told the court that children were being given for adoption on payment of cash by the shelter home.

The CBI claims that the shelter home was not even authorised for adoption.

Nanak Chand, a prosecution witness, said that he was to adopt a male child but Jaswanti, caretaker of the shelter home, demanded Rs 51,000. He had paid Rs 21,000 to her. He told the court that no document was got signed from them.

Asha Bagga, another witness, told the court that she was offered a female child, aged 4 months, for adoption. She also paid a cheque for Rs 11, 000 but said it was voluntary.

Another witness, Asha, who had stayed at the shelter home for about 4 years, told the court that Jaswanti used to beat her with iron ‘chimta’ (tongs). Her husband was mentally ill that was why she was living at Apna Ghar.

Bharat Vikas Sangh was registered as an NGO in 1994. Jaswanti Devi, the NGO’s secretary, was running Apna Ghar for destitute and orphan children and Swadhar for adult women. Both the projects were being run from the house number 1674/22, Shri Nagar Colony, Rohtak, and the house is also known as Apna Ghar.

Three inmates escaped from the shelter home on May 7, 2012, and reached New Delhi.

After being counselled at Nirmal Chaya, Tihar, New Delhi, they revealed “heinous activities” undertaken at Apna Ghar. Then a team of the National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) visited the shelter home on May 9, 2012, and interviewed the inmates. Seven out of 10 people, against whom charges were framed, were arrested on May 10, 2012. The case was later handed over to CBI.

The first chargesheet against seven people was filed on August 7, 2012, and the supplementary charge sheet was filed on September 16, 2013, which mentioned three more accused.

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