Apna Ghar sex abuse: Girl child born to challenged inmate

Confirming allegations of woman and children of Rohtak-based shelter home Apna Ghar being sexually abused, a deaf and mute inmate recently gave birth to a girl.

Twenty-one-year-old Reema (name changed) who stayed at Apna Ghar for over two years was among six inmates who were shifted to a shelter in Bhiwani when a National Commission of Protection of Child Rights team raided Apna Ghar in May and it came to light that inmates were being sexually abused by in-charge Jaswanti Devi and others, including Haryana Police officers.

Several charges, including rape, forcibly causing miscarriage and violation of certain sections of the Juvenile Justice Act were slapped against Jaswanti and six others by the CBI on August 7.

According to sources, Reema had given birth to the girl child at Rohtak's Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) on September 16.

The hospital confirmed the birth of the child, who weighs 2.6 kg, at 9.29 pm. After staying in the hospital for three days, Reema and her child had returned to the Bhiwani-based shelter , Swadhar being run by Haryana women and child development department. Reema was found to be pregnant when she was medically examined on May 30.

According to sources, a CBI team has obtained DNA samples of the newborn, which will be matched with those arrested in connection with the case. The agency will file an application in the CBI court for obtaining DNA samples of the accused.

In a similar case that took place at a shelter home in Chandigarh, a mentally-challenged girl had given birth to a girl after she was sexually exploited by the home's security guard. Based on DNA samples, the security guard was found to be the child's father.

Another inmate dies

A 10-year-old mentally-challenged inmate, Kajal, who was shifted from Apna Ghar to Hanumante Bal Ashram in Bhiwani, died on Tuesday night at Rohtak PGIMS under mysterious circumstances. She was among the eight inmates, who were transferred to the ashram in Bhiwani.

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