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Twelve-year old becomes mother, police planning DNA test

Family accused a karate teacher of raping her. Locals pointed fingers at her 65-year-old grandfather.

kolkata Updated: Mar 21, 2017 19:41 IST
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Snigdhendu Bhattacharya
Hindustan Times
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The minor was allegedly raped in May last year and became a mother on March 8, the International Women’s Day.(HT Photo)

Howrah district police have decided to conduct DNA test to ascertain the identity of the father of the baby girl who was born to a 12-year-old minor on International’s Women’s Day.

The baby was delivered at state-run hospital in Kolkata.

Read: Man arrested for allegedly raping minor daughter in Mumbai

“We will go for a DNA test to ascertain who is the father,” Sumit Kumar, Howrah superintendent of police, told HT on Tuesday.

However, police is yet to formally start investigation as they have not received the instruction from the court till Tuesday evening. The family members of the minor moved court on March 20 alleging police inaction and praying for instructions to the police to start a case of rape.

Even before registering the FIR, Howrah police have decided that they will conduct a DNA test to identify the father of the child. (File Photo)

According to the petition lodged in the court, a 38-year-old man, who taught karate to the minor, was the culprit.

The minor is a class VI student. According to locals, her father does odd jobs such as zari work and even as a labourer.

However, on the day of the delivery, the members of the minor’s family at Bargachhia within Jagatballabhpur police station limits came under attack from locals, who alleged that none other than her own grandfather raped her, and she became pregnant as a result. The house was vandalised on March 12 again, and the grandfather was thrashed, until the police came in to rescue the 65-year-old man. The police shifted him to an old age home to ensure his safety.

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On Monday, the family moved a Howrah court to lodge an FIR against the karate teacher. The court passed an order asking the Jagatballabhpur police station to register an FIR under section 376 IPC. Police officers told HT that they may be slapping sections of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act 2012 as well.

It was not yet clear why the family members of the minor took so long to lodge a complaint. (HT Photo)

Kumar, however, refuted the allegation of inaction. “On March 13, upon receiving the news that the family came under attack, we rescued the 12-year-old girl and her mother from their residence and brought them to the police station. The statements of both of them, accusing the karate teacher of rape, were videographed. Our officers repeatedly requested them to lodge a complaint so that we could start an FIR but they did not. We have video recordings of the entire conversation between the girl, her mother and our officers,” Kumar said.

Talking to HT, lawyer Mohammad Farooq Sha, who appeared on behalf of the victim’s family along with lawyer Wasim Reza Khan, said, “The victim’s grandfather is ready for the DNA test. In fact, he has been demanding a DNA test right from the day he was thrashed by locals. It is up to the police now to arrest the karate teacher and conduct a DNA test.”

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According to Sha, the girl was raped in May 2016. While it is not clear why the family took so long to lodge a complaint, Sha said, “The family initially failed to realise why she stopped going to the school and the karate class. It was only after she developed symptoms of nausea, did they take her to a hospital for a pregnancy test. The family was advised that abortion could be harmful for the girl. They were scared to go to the police as the karate teacher is influential in the area.”

According to locals, the accused has left the area following the court order. The police also escorted the minor girl and her mother to their home on Monday night.

First Published: Mar 21, 2017 19:41 IST