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18 Apna Ghar inmates give written statements in court

In written statements given before a Rohtak court, 18 female inmates of Apna Ghar, a shelter home in Rohtak, have claimed they were repeatedly sexually exploited at the shelter home and other places. They have also accused Jaswanti of forcing them to have "unnatural" sex with her.

chandigarh Updated: Jul 16, 2012 12:03 IST
Vishal Joshi
Vishal Joshi
Hindustan Times

As many as 18 female inmates of Apna Ghar, a shelter home in Rohtak, have given written statements before a Rohtak court, claiming that they were repeatedly sexually exploited at the shelter home and other places.

In statements given under section 164 of the CrPC, the inmates levelled several serious allegations against Apna Ghar caretaker Jaswanti Devi and other accused. The details of the statements are contained in an investigation report handed over to the CBI by the special investigation team (SIT) of the Haryana police in Rohtak on Saturday, which runs into more than 5,000 pages.

Hindustan Times has a copy of several pages of the investigation report, which contain statements of the inmates accusing Jaswanti of forcing them to indulge in unnatural sex with her. The CBI is investigating the matter.
The SIT status report was submitted in the Punjab and Haryana high court in a sealed envelope earlier this week.

The caretaker of the Rohtak shelter home had allegedly shot several pornographic films and still photos of the inmates with the help of her daughter Sushma, alias Simmi.
The medical examination of 26 inmates, 10 of whom are below the age of 12, confirmed that they faced sexual abuse. Some of the underage and mentally challenged victims were not able to sign the statements in court.

According to the clinical evidence, at least 11 inmates above 12 years of age had become pregnant and injury marks were found on the bodies of 19 others.
In all, 101 inmates had appeared before the Rohtak court, accusing Jaswanti, her relatives, policemen and some outsiders of sexually abusing them, assaulting them, keeping them hungry, parading them naked, shooting their porn films, forcibly aborting their foetuses and forcing them to consume liquor.

An 18-year-old victim, now shifted to a centre in Bhiwani, reportedly told the court that Jaswanti's brother Jaswant Singh had "raped almost every inmate at Apna Ghar". She alleged that an inmate died a few days after Jaswanti inserted a stick in her vagina and tortured her. The SIT report further said that the victim had told the court that Jaswanti had sold the child of another inmate.

The shelter home, being run by NGO Bharat Vikas Sangh, was sealed on June 9 after the allegations surfaced. The SIT, headed by additional director general of police (law and order) MS Mann, had prepared a detailed report of the statements made by the victims before the police and in front of a judicial magistrate in a Rohtak court. The charges were backed by detailed medical reports.
The statements given to the SIT have been officially videographed to strengthen the case. The help of experts was taken while recording the statements of differently abled inmates.

Police sources said the SIT had found that most of the incidents were reported from Apna Ghar. In their signed statements, some inmates told the court that Jaswanti's son-in-law Jai Bhagwan had also sexual harassed and raped them. Four inmates, including three under 12 years of age, were found to be HIV-positive.

Serious allegations
Scissors and other sharp objects inserted in private parts of Apna Ghar inmates, including differently abled girls, to "punish" them. The girls were often taken to dance parties, where some of them were forced to have paid sex with unidentified men.

The medical report of a mentally challenged six-year-old, who is now staying in Bhiwani, has confirmed that she was subjected to sexual abuse. The examination of her private parts hinted at manual penetration of certain hard objects. Another victim, now shifted to Chhachhroli in Yamunanagar, alleged that while they were being taken to Chandigarh for a picnic, she was forced to have sex with a policeman. She claimed to have seen the same policeman raping another inmate.

First Published: Jul 16, 2012 11:48 IST

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