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Rape of 10-year-old: Court finds two uncles guilty

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Rape of 10-year-old: Court finds two uncles guilty

A fast-track court in Chandigarh, on Tuesday, pronounced two siblings guilty of rape of their 10-year-old niece. The quantum of sentence will be announced on November 2.

The incident hogged headlines after the Supreme Court had earlier turned down the victim's plea for abortion.

The girl had given birth on August 5. She had accused her uncles of raping her for over five months.

Police revealed on October 10 that the younger maternal uncle of the victim was the father of the baby the girl delivered.

Earlier, the police had arrested the elder maternal uncle for raping the girl and he had admitted to the crime. However, a DNA test of the baby confirmed that he is not the father of the newborn. Following this, the court asked the cops to re-investigate the case and give proper counseling to the girl. During the probe, the girl named her second uncle also and he was arrested. He also confessed that he had started raping his niece before his brother, who was arrested earlier.

The rape case had hit national headlines in July after the apex court dismissed a petition seeking termination of the girl's 32-week pregnancy, saying that a medical report had stated that abortion was not good for the girl and the fetus.

The baby was born through a C-section and the girl was told that she had a stone in her stomach and that was removed through a surgery.

Police said the girl was repeatedly raped by her uncles for several months. The crime came to light when the victim was taken to a hospital after she complained of stomach ache in July where she was found to be over 32-week pregnant.

According to police, the second uncle started raping the girl much before his brother. When the second uncle was produced before the court, he kept mum throughout the proceedings.

The girl's father is a government employee and mother is a domestic help.

Case surprises doctors

The rape and pregnancy of the 10-year-old had baffled the doctors as pregnancy at such young age is very rare.

Doctors had stated that pelvic bones are not fully developed in girls at this age and therefore tolerating a full-term pregnancy was very risky and a C-section was advised.

This is not the first case of its kind in India. A 10-year-old girl, who was pregnant between 18 and 22 weeks, was allowed to undergo medical termination of pregnancy after a Rohtak court in Haryana allowed it in May.

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