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Friday, 26 December 2014

Raped by blind youth, minor girl delivers baby which dies - Chattisgarh

A 12-year-old tribal girl who was in a “live-in” relationship with a visually-impaired youth, her alleged rapist, following a dictate by the local panchayat (an Assembly of elders) delivered a baby in a hospital in a Chhattisgarh town late on Monday night.

Doctors struggled to save the unwed mother and her baby, but the newborn died a few hours after delivery.

The bizarre, but heartrending story, had started to develop eight months ago when the minor “rape victim” of the village of Lodam in north Chhattisgarh district of Jashpur allegedly fell victim to lust of her neighbour, a visually-challenged youth, according to the local police.

The girl, a Class 7 student, however was scared to inform her parents about her ordeal. The matter came to light when she got pregnant.

Later, her parents took up the matter with the local panchayat for justice. The panchayat had reportedly announced a weird verdict directing the alleged offender to allow her to live with him, without marriage.

“On Monday, the girl delivered the baby in Kankuri district hospital. The mother and the newborn were shifted to Chhattisgarh Institute of Medical Science (CIMS) hospital at Bilashpur when their condition began to deteriorate. The doctors could save the girl but not the kid. The girl was still in critical condition,” the police said.

Source: The Asian Age, 24th Dec 2014

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