Police in India have reopened the criminal investigation of the [email protected] of a 10-year-old girl after DNA testing revealed the uncle charged with abusing her is not the father of her baby.
The unnamed girl was forced to give birth after the Indian Supreme Court denied her parent’s petition for an abortion fetus as they ruled it would be more dangerous to the girl’s health at the late stage of the pregnancy than to carry the baby to term.
In India, abortion after 20 weeks is illegal unless a doctor can certify the mother’s life is in danger. The girl was not aware she was pregnant – she was told she had a stone in her stomach and she would need an operation to remove it.
She allegedly said she had been [email protected] by her uncle several times in the previous seven months.
The accused, who is in his 40s, was charged and is due to be tried in a special court.
He is currently being held in prison and has made no public comment but the girl’s father told the BBC he had not denied the charges against him.
Police in the northern state of Punjab said the uncle had admitted to the allegations. An official connected with the case said they are now investigating whether another man had been abusing her and counsellors have visited the family again to speak to the 10-year-old.
He told the BBC: “So far no-one had thought of any other possibility. The girl had testified to the court on video conferencing and in her statement, she had very clearly named the uncle and revealed facts about her abuse.” agency