A 15-year-old gangrape victim has given birth to a premature female infant at the Lok Nayak Jai Prakash government hospital here, but police are yet to arrest three of the five people accused of sexually assaulting her about seven months ago.
The girl gave birth to the baby on Monday morning. According to doctors, the infant is being kept in the intensive care unit of the hospital because she is in a critical condition. They said that though her chances of survival are bleak, the baby will be referred to PGI Chandigarh for further treatment.
The girl was allegedly gang raped by five people while she was playing by herself at a city park. The matter came to light only about a week ago, when the victim – a Class 10 student of a local government senior secondary school – fell unconscious in the classroom.
The teachers then alerted the special cell of the women and child welfare department.
Speaking to Hindustan Times, Kurukshetra protection-cum-prohibition officer Savita Rana said: “The school authorities told me that a girl fell unconscious at the school, and they need the department’s help in this regard. I met the girl and recorded her statement.”
Following this, police booked the suspects under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act.
Kurukshetra women police station in-charge Dalip Kaur said two people – 25-year-old Kuldeep of Malikpur and a minor from nearby Umri (who cannot be named for legal reasons) – were arrested in this regard. Though the victim wasn’t able to pinpoint the others, an investigation is on to identify them.
District child welfare committee chairman Virender Kajal confirmed that the infant was likely to be referred to Chandigarh. He said that if the baby survives, the mother would be asked if she wants to keep her. If the answer is no, she will be sent to an adoption centre at Panchkula, he added.