A 13-year-old girl raped,found seven-months pregnant
| Saturday | 1st June, 2019
The girl’s mother said her daughter had told them that about eight months ago, the accused, a villager from the neighbourhood, had given the girl a drink laced with sedatives and forced her to consume it.
GHAZIABAD: A 13-year-old girl raped several months ago has been found to be seven-months pregnant. The girl’s family, residents of Khoda Colony in Ghaziabad, had not approached police after the rape for fear of social stigma attached to it.
“The girl was raped by an unidentified person around eight months ago but her parents remained quiet about it, fearing nobody would want to marry their daughter. A few days ago, she complained of severe abdominal ache. Her parents took her to Lal Bahadur Shastri hospital in Delhi, where medical reports confirmed seven months’ pregnancy,” a police officer said.“The hospital had informed Delhi Police about the minor girl’s pregnancy. A report was sent to Ghaziabad police to lodged an FIR into the matter and take necessary action on it,” the officer added.Police are also probing why the parents failed to realise anything when their daughter was seven months pregnant.
The girl’s mother said her daughter had told them that about eight months ago, the accused, a villager from the neighbourhood, had given the girl a drink laced with sedatives and forced her to consume it. He then abducted her and took her to an isolated plot in Khoda, where he allegedly raped her at least twice.“We were not aware about her pregnancy and only the doctor’s reports revealed that,” the mother said. “The girl had not seen her tormentor after the incident. He must have fled the village after the rape,” she added.
The girl’s family insisted on an abortion, but a doctor examining the victim advised against it as there was a “risk involved”.“Child pregnancies are extremely dangerous and could lead to complications and even death. The bodies of young girls are not fully developed to carry a baby, and these pregnancies tend to be a high risk,” the doctor said. Satendra Prakash, SHO of Khoda police station, said a case under POCSO and relevant sections of IPC had been registered against an unidentified person.
“Police are recording the statements of the family members. We’ll try to get some leads and catch the accused.”Aparna Gautam, circle officer of the area, said it was quite strange that the girl’s mother failed to realise that her daughter was pregnant.“After a couple of months, signs of pregnancy are quite distinct. It is strange that her parents were not aware of it. If any crime had occurred with the minor, police will file a case under relevant sections of the IPC and POCSO act. We will carry out a detailed investigation. The role of the parents will also be probed,” said Gautam.
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