Baby of rape victim, 10, 'not fathered by accused uncle'

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Police have launched a fresh probe into the rape of a 10-year-old girl after her baby’s DNA did not match that of her uncle accused of the attack.

India’s Supreme Court denied the girl’s family’s request for an abortion last month amid claims she was too far along in her pregnancy.

The child was unaware she was expecting and was told she had a stone in her stomach.

She was allegedly raped several times over seven months by the accused, who is currently standing trial.

However, the court, which specialises in crimes against children, heard that the result of a DNA test has led to questions over whether the victim was abused by other men, the BBC reported.

The victim is said to have named the suspect, who has not denied the allegations, in court, officials said.

On Tuesday, police and counsellors are believed to have visited the family to speak to the 10-year-old.

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

The girl’s pregnancy was discovered in July after she complained of stomach ache, prompting her parents to take her to hospital.

She was deemed to be around 32 weeks pregnant.

Terminations of pregnancies are not allowed in India after 20 weeks unless medical experts rule that the mother’s life is in danger.

The law was introduced in 1971 to prevent illegal and unsafe abortions, and also in order to try to reduce death rates among mothers.

Large parts of India have a cultural preference for sons, meaning millions of female foetuses have been aborted after tests on their genders have been conducted.

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