Rape victim delivers baby girl

Bijendra Ahlawat / Tribune News Service

Rohtak, August 4 A teenaged girl, a rape victim staying in a shelter home at the local Srinagar Colony, delivered a baby girl at the PGIMS hospital here yesterday. Hailing from West Bengal, she was brought to the home by Shakti Vahini, an NGO based in Gurgaon, last month.The victim has asked the home to take custody of the newborn, said Jagwanti, caretaker.“The mother and child are healthy and there have been no complication so far,” said Dr Sonia Dhull. “The girl is aged less than 14 and it i s risky for a girl of her age to deliver a child ,” she added. The girl was raped by a youth and his friends residing in her neighbourhood while she was employed as a baby sitter in a house in Gurgaon, said Rishi Kant of Shakti Vahini.

The girl appears to be undecided on the proposal by the NGO to send her back home as she fears social stigma. Though the police had booked a case, the main accused in is absconding. It may be recalled that a Bengali girl found in Jind recently had also been abducted and gangraped after being held captive for about a month.

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