Ghaziabad: A mother at 15, girl refuses to take newborn home
The girl’s parents said she was abducted and impregnated by the accused, police deny claimnoida Updated: Sep 09, 2017 16:56 IST
A class 8 student, aged 15, and her parents have refused to take home a baby boy she gave birth to at the women’s hospital in Ghaziabad. The minor was allegedly abducted in December 2016.
The day after she went missing, her parents had filed an FIR at Sahibabad police station, alleging abduction. However, denying her parents’ claim that she is a minor, the police said she is an adult.
The girl delivered the baby on September 6. The infant is now admitted in neo-natal care unit. Her parents said that their daughter has declined to either feed the child or even see his face and is not ready to accept the newborn.
“She tied ‘Rakhi’ to the man who abducted her and is responsible for her situation. He used to visit our home and was my son’s friend. She used to treat him as a brother. Our faith in relationships is shattered now. We wanted to educate her and she wanted to be become a teacher. Now, she is a mother at 15 and her dreams are broken,” said her mother.
“I have no liking for the child. We will not keep the child with us at any cost. We have been moving houses since my daughter was abducted and the place that we are living in is the fourth. The police harass us and reach everywhere we shift,” she said.
According to the girl’s family, the school certificate shows her as aged 15, with date of birth mentioned as July 8, 2002.
“She used to teach 10-12 children from the nearby locality and had dreams of becoming a teacher. When we came to know of her pregnancy, we tried to have her undergo abortion. But, the police threatened to get us booked for foeticide. Since that day, we did not send her to school. On the afternoon of September 6, she was in pain and was bleeding when we brought her to hospital. Nearly an hour later, she delivered the child,” her father said.
“We are not going to take the child and will have our daughter married at our native place once she attains the age of 18. We want the man who did this to her punished at any cost. The police turned a deaf ear to our complaints about the accused,” he added.
The family said that the girl was rescued only after the intervention of then senior superintendent of police (SSP) and later an inquiry was also ordered after they met SSP again. They said that prime accused, Mithun Yadav, had political connections and was let off by the police.
“After her rescue, she was taken for a medical examination and her statement was recorded at a court. We only came to know of it a couple of hours later. She had been threatened and pressurised to give statements in favour of the accused who raped her and made her pregnant. He is roaming free,” her father said.
On Friday, a team from District Child Welfare Committee (DCWC) also arrived to record the statement of the girl and advised her parents to write to the district administration if they do not wish to take the child along.
“We spoke to her and she did not seem to be an adult. If her parents so want, they can forward police complaint and we will help them register a case of rape against the accused,” said Shalini Singh, member, DCWC.
“She does not want to see the child. She has not even fed him. She told us that she is not willing to keep the child or take him home. We are considering filing a report and sending it to officials so that they can initiate the procedure for adoption,” she added.
However, the police denied any laxity in the probe saying they have filed a final report in the case.
“According to the statement that the girl gave in court, she is an adult and gone out (with the accused) of her own free will. We also filed a final report in the case,” HN Singh, senior superintendent of police, said.