rohtak shelter home Agency files first chargesheet in Pachkula court
The Chandigarh CBI investigating the infamous Apna Ghar case,on Tuesday stated that Jaswanti Devi in-charge of the Rohtak-based shelter home sold infants of the inmates for money.
The first chargesheet filed by the CBI in the case before a court in Panchkula on Tuesday added that Jaswanti got the young girls many of them minor raped by her son-in-law and videographed these rapes using mobile phones,making a killing out of the footage.
Besides,the inmates were forced to work as labourers in fields and every penny they made was pocketed by those running the home. The inmates,the chargesheet added,were beaten up,using chimtas (iron tongs) and sticks.
The CBI filed the chargesheet barely 25 days after the case was handed over to it by the Punjab and Haryana High Court on July 13. The 29-page chargesheet nails seven accused arrested by the agency.
The accused Jaswanti Devi,her daughter Simi,relative Sheela,Apna Ghar employee Veena,Jaswantis son-in-law Jai Bhagwan and her driver Satish have been chargesheeted under various sections of the IPC,including rape,assault,forced labour,causing abortion and criminal conspiracy. The chargesheet against the seven is based on the statements of five inmates of the shelter home aged 10 years to 18 years. Medical reports attached with the chargesheet bear out the statements made by the inmates.
Recounting their tale of horror in the statement to the CBI,all inmates have said that Jai Bhagwan raped them while Jaswanti and the other accused watched. The rape footage was captured in cellphones and sold to anyone who cared to pay for it.
The CBI has also been told that Jaswanti sold the infant of an inmate for money with the help of Veena. According to sources in the agency,there could be other such instances as well.
An 18-year-old inmate has claimed that she was raped at Apna Ghar by Jai Bhagwan and later,when she conceived,Jaswanti gave her medicines and injected her with drugs that resulted in abortion. A 10-year-old inmate has also alleged that she was sexually abused by Satish.
The inmates have also alleged that Jaswant and the others forced them to work as labourers in fields. While they would be taken every day to the fields and brought back in the evening,they were not given any of the money that they earned as labourers.
The customary 90-day period,in which a chargesheet in a case has to be filed following the lodging of an FIR,ended on Tuesday in connection with the Apna Ghar case. Sources in CBI said that since the agency had adopted the FIR lodged by the Haryana Police on May 10,it is filing the chargesheet in the case before the 90-day period ended.
A special team constituted by the CBI are examining each of the 100-odd inmates of Apna Ghar,who are now relocated at various homes across Haryana.
The case will come up for hearing on August 14.