Rohtak shelter home: Inmates’ children‘sold’

Ongoing investigations by the Haryana police in the Rohtak shelter home case has revealed that the accused Jaswanti Devi,the incharge of the shelter home,had allegedly sold two minor boys - sons of two inmates of the same shelter home - to two families.

Written by Express News Service | Chandigarh | Published:May 14, 2012 3:37 am

Ongoing investigations by the Haryana police in the Rohtak shelter home case has revealed that the accused Jaswanti Devi,the incharge of the shelter home,had allegedly sold two minor boys – sons of two inmates of the same shelter home – to two families. Fatima’s son was sold to a Aligarh,Uttar Pradesh-based family for Rs 60,000. Ramwati’s son was sold to a Delhi-based family for Rs 31,000. Meanwhile,Jaswanti Devi’s sister-in-law Sheela (wife of Satish Kumar – Jaswanti’s cousin,already in police custody),was also arrested for being part of the gang.

The Rohtak police’s Special Investigation Team (SIT),being headed by DSP Sumit Kumar,has found the addresses of both the families to whom the infants were allegedly sold . Team of police officials have been despatched to take custody of the children. Meanwhile,the Delhi police has also recovered Simran – one of the six women abandoned by Jaswanti Devi and her cousin Satish Kumar. As per police,Simran has been admitted to a hospital in Delhi for a medical examination after which her statement shall also be recorded.

While talking to The Indian Express,an investigating officer of the SIT,said: “So far it appears that the accused were running a racket of selling children to needy families. What needs to be probed is if the accused were using the money for their own personal use or was it donated by the families to the NGO – Apna Ghar – which was running this shelter home. So far,Jaswanti Devi’s claims have been very contradictory.

Initially she claimed that Fatima’s son was adopted by somebody,identity of whom she could not recall and that Ramwati’s son was born dead. Both her claims have turned out to be false.”

Fatima and Ramwati had managed to sneak out of the shelter home and approached the members of National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) at Delhi,after which the matter came to light.

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