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Raped 12-yr-old gives birth

The girl became pregnant after she was apparently raped by a 35-year-old man in her village.

india Updated: Jun 07, 2006 02:35 IST

A twelve-year-old girl from a village near Haryana gave birth to a boy at Safdarjung Hospital in the wee hours of Tuesday. The girl became pregnant after she was apparently raped by a 35-year-old man in her village.

The girl, a student of Class V in Palwal district of Haryana, was brought by her sisters to the Delhi Children’s Rights Forum, and Nava Srishti, two NGOs supported by Child Relief and You (Cry) on Monday evening. NGO officials took her to the hospital, where doctors gave her medicines and advised to go home. But soon she started suffering from acute pain and after acquiring a Medico-Legal Case report from the police at the emergency, she was admitted, where she went into labour pain.

Soon after, a team of Haryana police visited the girl and recorded a statement at around 3 a.m. The statement says Subhash, who runs a photo studio in the village and is married with three kids, had allegedly taken her to an inconspicuous spot and raped her. “He had threatened to kill my family if I spilled the beans. So I kept shut,” the girl said in the statement.

A few weeks after the alleged rape, the girl’s unwarranted pregnancy began to show. Her father, a daily-wage labourer, took her to a local hakim who maintained that it was a case of “water-logging” in the stomach. A few months ago, when she was examined at a local dispensary, the whole thing became clear.

Says Dr Indu, a senior resident at the maternity ward of the hospital: “The delivery was normal but she was admitted after a lot of confusion because from her account it was clear that the police needed to be involved.”

“It is a classic case of how minor girls fall pray to such predators in villages,” said Rini Banerjee, an official of the NGO.

The father of the victim, Daulat Ram, says the accused comes from a rich and influential family in the village, so speaking up against him was always a tough job. “Even elders in our village had advised me against reporting the incident,” he said.

Palwal police station in Faridabad has filed a case against Subhash under three relevant sections of the IPC. But Subhash has apparently fled the village, they said, and added that a search was on.

Meanwhile, the girl’s family has decided to adopt the newborn. Her brother-in-law, Amritlal said, “My wife and I will raise the kid. It’s not his (baby’s) fault, so he shouldn’t be punished,” he said.