9 people held guilty for sexual abuse of mentally disabled girls at Rohtak orphanage

Nine people have been held guilty by a special court in connection with the sexual exploitation of mentally disabled girls at a home in Rohtak in Haryana.

The girls were living at a home called Apna Ghar, which is an orphanage for homeless children and girls with mental disabilities.

The case came to light in 2012 when three girls escaped the home and contacted a child rights NGO.

A team from the National Council for the Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) conducted a surprise raid and rescued nearly 120 children.

Of the 10 accused, nine have been found guilty. The sentence will be pronounced on 24 April.

The children at the home were sexually abused, beaten and used as bonded labour.

121 witnesses were examined during the trial.

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