Apna Ghar Sexual Abuse Case: Three main accused sentenced to life

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Panchkula: A special CBI court in Panchkula sentenced three people to life imprisonment on Friday for sexually exploiting minors at Apna Ghar, a children’s shelter in Rohtak.

Special CBI judge Jagdeep Singh awarded the life term to main accused Jaswanti Devi, son-in-law Jai Bhagwan and driver Satish. Jaswanti’s brother, Jaswant, was awarded seven years’ imprisonment.

Three other accused – Jaswanti’s daughter Sushma as well as employees Sheela and Veena – were let off with time served. Two more employees, Roshini and R Parkash Saini, were released on probation.

The Apna Ghar case pertained to the sexual and physical abuse of inmates at the shelter, which included minors, adults and differently abled girls. The judge had convicted the accused on April 18 after taking various pieces of evidence and the victims’ testimony into account.

The accused faced multiple charges, including rape, gang rape, immoral trafficking, causing grievous hurt, molestation, performing abortions without consent, and cruelty towards minors. Many of them could not be proved.

The accused were arrested by the Central Bureau of Investigation in 2012, following a raid by the National Council for the Protection of Child Rights.