The inspection team was shocked to find the women and girls at Rohini ashram were kept in cramped spaces with no sunlight, and metal grills blocking their exit.
The inmates at Adhyatmik Vishwa Vidyalaya in the Capital were housed in inhuman conditions with no privacy.
An inspection committee comprising government standing counsel Nandita Rao, Delhi Commission for Women chief Swati Maliwal, DCP (Rohini) Rajneesh Gupta and advocate Ajay Verma submitted a report with this and other findings to the city high court on Wednesday.
Mail Today reported about the raid that was carried out at the Rohini ashram on Tuesday night after a group of parents approached the Delhi HC alleging that a self-styled godman was holding a number of minor girls and women there who were being sexually exploited.
The inspection team was purportedly roughed up and held hostage for 45 minutes inside the premises after the members with the help of police seized scores of letters with vulgar content, mostly alleging sexual abuse against people.
The inmates also allegedly formed a human shield to prevent cops from rescuing the team. Nandita Rao told Mail Today that the members had to call to the police for help.
The court was told that the passage at the place where the inmates were housed was so narrow and low that the team had to bend to pass.
Metal doors were installed at short intervals and the inhabitants appeared to be under the influence of some kind of drugs or narcotics.
The inmates were completely confined and not permitted to meet their relatives or friends.
The team was shocked to find that the women and girls were kept in cramped spaces with no sunlight, and metal grills blocking their exit.
Swati Maliwal said the girls appeared to be minors and an age-verification test should be conducted.
The team also told the court that a second building had male inmates and there were apprehensions that minor boys could be living there.
So an inspection should be undertaken at this building as well to ascertain the age of these inmates.
Observing no concrete action on the part of the Delhi Police over several FIRs, the HC handed over the investigation into the alleged sex racket to the CBI.
At the same time, the court has also ordered medical examination of all the inmates as they were found to be living in cluttered and unhygienic conditions.
The HC directed the Delhi health secretary to send a team of doctors
and asked authorities at the ashram to cooperate with the check-up. Delhi Police has been asked to provide complete protection and full assistance to the inspection committee formed and the North Delhi Municipal Corporation has been told to determine if there’s any illegality in the construction of the ashram.
People living in the vicinity told Mail Today that while playing cricket if ever a ball went inside the premises, no one would dare enter.
“It is said in our area that if you go into the building, you may never come out,” said a neighbour.