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HC orders DNA test on foetus of rape victim

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New Delhi, Apr 5 (UNI) The Delhi High Court today allowed an alleged rape victims to get a DNA test of her foetus to establish the paternity of the unborn child.

Going through the medical report, Justice RC Jain brushed aside the apprehensions of the AIIMS superintendent that a DNA test at this stage was too late and could harm the child still to be born.

The order would help establish paternity of the child, the judge said. The petitioner, a young and unmarried dental surgeon in Apollo Hospital, had accused here senior Dr Sushil Jain of raping her.

When she conceived a child later, the doctor had promised to marry here but late went back on his word. The order would save the coetus from any possible attack the petitioner said, expressing concern about such an eventuality punching on here stomach.

Shilpi Jain, the petitioner's counsel, cited reports of AIIMS to stress that threat on lives of the mother and the child was real because it was a case of asymmetrical intra urine growth retardation.

However, Doctor Jain reportedly said that sex, based on mutual consent, could not be called rape.

Besides, he alleged that the petitioner had a long track record of getting pregnant and extorting money from her victims, adding that he had himself been forced to pay a huge amount to her over the year.

He claimed to have provided the police with evidence against her because of which they had refused to register a rape charge.

He also claimed that he continued to enjoy faith of his wife and his in-law.

UNI SSS VD RK2300

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