10-year-old’s rape case: After DNA mismatch, accused uncle to give blood sample again

Police want a ‘second opinion’ from another laboratory after the DNA of the newborn girl and accused failed to match

punjab Updated: Sep 19, 2017 13:34 IST
Aneesha Bedi
Aneesha Bedi
Hindustan Times, Chandigarh
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The application was moved by the special investigation team (SIT) that was formed to investigate the case and conduct further probe to nab the other accused. (Representative image )

The accused uncle in the case of the 10-year-old rape survivor was issued a notice to appear before the trial court to submit another blood sample on Tuesday. A local court directed the jail superintendent to produce the accused after police moved an application seeking permission for a second opinion as the DNA of the newborn girl and the uncle failed to match.

The application was moved by the special investigation team (SIT) that was formed to investigate the case and conduct further probe to nab the other accused. Police stated that they were seeking a ‘second opinion’ or an ‘analysis’, following which the court issued a production warrant for the consent of the accused.

The 10-year-old girl has maintained that her uncle raped her and even identified him in court. Earlier, a DNA expert from the CFSL (Central Forensic Science Laboratory), Sector 36, submitted the report and recorded a statement. However, sources said police now wanted to get a sampling conducted from another laboratory.

In an exclusive report, HT highlighted that the DNA report was negative and that the “paternity of the accused was excluded” from the case on September 12.

The 10-year-old girl has maintained that her uncle raped her and even identified him in court.

Police are now groping in the dark after this turn of events. The SIT comprises deputy superintendent (DSP, women’s cell) Chepyala Anjitha, DSP (South) Deepak Yadav, inspector Gurjeet Kaur and Sector-39 station house officer (SHO) Rajdeep Singh. Inspector Gurjeet was appointed the probe officer. The former probe officer, sub-inspector Pratibha Devi, has proceeded for maternity leave.

The 10-year-old rape survivor gave birth to a girl at Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, on August 17. The accused uncle has remained in custody since July 14, following a formal complaint from the girl’s mother.

First Published: Sep 19, 2017 13:34 IST