DNA test for 13-year unwed mother: Women Commission

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Bhubaneswar,Nov 7 (UNI) The 13-year old girl who delivered a child in the city's Capital Hospital yesterday, will undergo DNA test to ascertain identity of the father, Orissa State Women Commission Chairperson Namita Panda said.

Mrs Panda who visited the teenaged unwed mother at the hospital here, said the incident of unwed mothers was rising and the teenaged girls were becoming the victims.

She said the Commission had earlier taken steps to conduct DNA tests in four such cases and This time also would conduct the test to find out the father of the baby child.

A student of class VII and belonging to Kolipokhari village under Nimapara Police station of Puri district, the minor girl gave birth to a girl child yesterday.

Daughter of a poor farmworker, the girl was allegedly raped by one Rabinda, the father of her close friend and an uncle in relation, about nine months back.

The father of the victim said after the crime Rabindra had threatened the girl that she and her father would be murdered if she disclosed the incident to anyone.

But the incident came to light around five months after the girl became pregnant. Later a complaint was lodged with the Nimapara Police station but the police did not take any action against the culprit.

The parents of the girl also moved the Women Commission and the District Collector. By the time the administration issued order to arrest the accused, Rabindra fled.

The victim was brought to the capital city by an NGO and was admitted to the capital hospital yesterday. Doctors treating her said her condition was serious due to excessive bleeding.

The Women Commission Chairperson said arrangement would be made to keep the girl in the destitute home and efforts would be made to pursue people to adopt the child.

She also said a fund would be created and people asked to contribute to extend assistance to such victims.

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