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Chandigarh’s shame: Proceedings begin in 10-year-old’s rape case

Hindustan Times had on Tuesday cited a report of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, which stated that DNA of the newborn didn’t match with that of the accused. The accused arrested for the offence is the victim’s maternal uncle.

punjab Updated: Sep 12, 2017 18:00 IST
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The accused arrested for the offence is the victim’s maternal uncle.
The accused arrested for the offence is the victim’s maternal uncle. (Representative image)

A Chandigarh trial court has started hearing in the rape of a 10-year-old girl’s case, in which it has come to light that the accused caught by police did not father the newborn baby girl of the victim.

Hindustan Times had on Tuesday cited a report of Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL), Chandigarh, which stated that DNA of the newborn didn’t match with that of the accused. The accused arrested for the offence is the victim’s maternal uncle.

The trial court has started recording statements of prosecution witnesses in the case and is also likely to take up the DNA report and pass an order after taking into account the fresh revelations and statements of witnesses.

The accused a resident of Sector 37 was booked for rape of his 10-year-old niece in July.

The revelation gives a dramatic twist to the rape case of 10-year-old, who was 30 weeks pregnant when it came to light in July. The matter had caught national attention after a public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court seeking termination of pregnancy. The apex court constituted a medical board of experts from the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) to ascertain whether it can be terminated, but it opined against it.

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The accused uncle was arrested on the day when an FIR was registered on July 14 on the complaint of the victim’s mother. The victim too had identified the accused in the court.

During trial, it had come to light that the mother initially took the girl for abortion, but doctors refused. Then she approached the police and also filed a plea for termination of pregnancy.

Recently, the apex court also directed the Chandigarh administration to give family Rs 1 lakh as interim relief. The minor gave birth to a baby girl on August 17.

A Chandigarh court had then initiated a speedy trial in the case soon after the victim delivered at Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH), Sector 32, on August 17.

According to the victim’s statement and police investigation, she was “repeatedly raped” as her father, a government employee, remained out of the house in the day and her mother, a domestic help, also used to go for work. The accused, a security guard at a hotel in Sector 35, was usually on night duty and hence was believed to interact with the victim when neither of her parents were at home, once she was back from school.