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Babies Sold from shelter, Women abused

By Harmeet Shah Singh, CNN
June 8, 2012 — Updated 0950 GMT (1750 HKT)

New Delhi (CNN) – Seven people were arrested on allegations of abusing women and selling newborn babies at a destitute shelter they ran in northern India.

The arrests were made after a raid last month by India’s child rights watchdog at the Apna Ghar (Our Home) shelter, said Dharna Yadav, a deputy superintendent of police in Haryana state.

The arrests were made after residents complained, Yadav told CNN.

Police found evidence that the owner of the protection house sold newborns mostly to childless couples, said Yadav.

More than 100 residents were taken from Apna Ghar after a raid on May 9.

Most of them were female residents, ranging in age from newborns to 55 years, Yadav said.

Some of them complained to a separate investigation team appointed by a court, that police too were involved in their sexual exploitation at the shelter.

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