11-year-old child discovered with HIV when brought to hospital for limb pain

The girl was 7-years-old at the time of the incident. One of the alleged molesters was 13-years-old at the time and the other was 14-years-old. One of them, who is 18 now, has been arrested

pune Updated: Jul 26, 2017 11:45 IST
Shalaka Shinde
Shalaka Shinde
Hindustan Times, Pune
Pune,11-year-old child,4 year old molestation
The doctors initially diagnosed the girl with kidney failure and recommended tests to verify whether she had Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The girl  tested positive for HIV.(HT REPRESENTATIVE IMAGE)

The parents of an 11-year-old girl got a shock of life when they discovered that their daughter has been infected with HIV when she was hospitalised for pain in her limbs. What was more painful and shocking to the parents was when the daughter, upon enquiry, told the doctors that two boys “molested” her four years back.

The doctors later informed the police, who filed case against the duo following which both were arrested. On Monday, the 18-year-old suspect was remanded to Judicial Custody for 14 days while another suspect, who is 17-year-old was sent to juvenile home from where he got bail.

According to police official whether the molestation was in any way responsible for the HIV infection was not clear yet. Whether she was contracted the virus from her parents could not be verified, said the official.

“The parents brought their daughter for treatment on the swelling on hand and legs. After doctors discovered that the girl is HIV infected, they informed us and thereafter we took action against the duo,” Police sub-inspector SS Chorge

According to police, the doctors initially diagnosed the girl with kidney failure and recommended tests to verify whether she had Human Immunodeficiency Virus (HIV). The doctors found both of her kidneys were damaged, which made them suspicious of serious ailment. After further tests, girl tested positive for HIV, according to officials at the Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

According to the complaint filed by the girl’s father, the girl was 7-year-old when the incident happened while one of the alleged molesters was 13-years-old and the other was 14-years-old. The hospital staff informed the police about the molestation incident on Sunday. Despite repeated attempts, the Sassoon doctors could not be contacted for more details.

According to police, both the suspects accused of molestation were from the neighbourhood. After the police brought them before the victim, she identified them. Later both were arrested by the police.

The girl is undergoing treatment at the hospital.

While one of the suspect has been identified as Sameer Sheikh, 18, the another has been identified as his 17-year-old accomplice.

A case under Section 354 of Indian Penal Code (IPC) was registered for assault or criminal force against a woman with intent to outrage her modesty at Bharati Vidyapeeth police station.

Chorge added that the juvenile was produced at the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Sunday and was granted bail.

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First Published: Jul 25, 2017 16:10 IST