Tests show that DNA samples of the baby girl do not match with the uncle.
A police investigation on a 10-year-old Indian girl who gave birth to a baby girl in August 2017 has taken a shocking twist. Forensic tests have revealed that her uncle, who admitted to raping the girl, does not match with the baby’s DNA sample.
Police have now reopened the case, considering other suspects who may have also abused the Indian girl.
The investigation first made headlines after the child gave birth to a baby girl via a cesarean section. This was after the Indian Supreme Court denied her of an abortion. Her parents didn’t tell the girl of her pregnancy. Instead, she believed she had a stone in her stomach.
Her uncle had allegedly raped her on several occasions and police quickly arrested him. Currently, he remains inside prison and is being tried in a special court. While the uncle has made no statement, police have revealed that he admitted the allegations.
But now, tests show that DNA samples of the baby girl do not match with the uncle. An official spoke with the BBC on 13th September, confirming the news:
“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.”
In addition, the Indian girl’s mother explained to police that they didn’t have suspicions of anyone else.
On 12th September 2017, police, accompanied with counsellors, visited the girl’s family. They spoke with the 10-year-old, as part of their investigations. Another official has also revealed to BBC Punjabi that they would request a re-check of the tests. They want to check the DNA report contained no errors.
This latest development follows a similar case, where the Indian Supreme Court granted an abortion request. They allowed the request of a pregnant 13-year-old girl, who gave birth on 8th September, before her planned procedure. However, the baby died two days after the birth.
Indian police will now continue with their investigation on the paternity of the 10-year-old girl’s baby.