India rape: Child’s baby not Uncle’s, DNA test reveals

10-year-old India girl
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The case of a 10-year-old India girl that gave birth to a baby girl last month after the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort has been reopened after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her.

The 10-year-old India girl alleges that she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle.

The crime came to light when the girl was taken to hospital complaining of stomachache in July, and was found to be over 20 weeks into the pregnancy.

The girl was not aware of her pregnancy. Her parents have told her that she had a stone in her stomach and had undergone surgery to remove it.

The accused, who is in his 40s, was arrested and is being tried in a special court dealing with crimes against children. He is presently in prison custody and has made no statement so far.

The DNA test has now generated questions over whether the girl was abused by others. The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi reports.

The girl’s father had earlier told the BBC that the accused had not denied the charges against him. Police also confirmed that the uncle had admitted to the allegations.

“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,” an official involved with the investigation told the BBC on Wednesday.

The girl’s mother has reportedly told the investigators that they do not doubt anyone else, so the case has taken a very strange turn, the official added.

On Tuesday, police and counsellors visited the family again to speak to the 10-year-old girl.

A senior police official said that they would ask for a re-check of the forensic tests to ensure there had been no error in the DNA report.

Furthermore, as her family refused to have anything to do with the newborn, the baby is in the care of child welfare personnel and will be put up for adoption.