Chandigarh, Sept 13: The DNA of the newborn of the 10-year-old Chandigarh rape victim does not match with the accused, claims a report of the Central Forensic Science Laboratory (CFSL). The alleged accused in the case is the minor girl’s maternal uncle who is the resident of Sector 37.
If sources close to Chandigarh Police are to be believed, the CFSL forensic report has been submitted in the court.
On August 17, the minor girl delivered a baby girl at the Sector-32 hospital and the DNA test of the accused was conducted on the same day.
The rape case of the 10-year-old girl came to light in July when she was 30 weeks pregnant. A public interest litigation seeking termination of pregnancy was also filed in the Supreme Court in the matter.
A district court in Chandigarh turned down a 10-year-old rape survivor’s plea to undergo an abortion despite doctors’ warning against a full-term pregnancy. The doctors had insisted that the pelvic bones are not fully developed in girls of this age and a full-term pregnancy is risky. The doctors had even ruled out a Caesarean section for the 10-year-old girl.
Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, the court allows medical termination of pregnancy of up to 20 weeks.
“I have not seen a 10-year-old girl pregnant ever before,” said Rashmi Bagga, department of obstetrics and gynecology, Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh. She also said that underage pregnancy is difficult to detect.
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. According to the victim’s statement and police investigation, she was “repeatedly raped” by the accused, a security guard at a hotel in Sector 35.