India rape: Second uncle held in 10-year-old pregnant child’s case

Published: 11:20 GMT, Sep 20, 2017 |
Child abuse

A second uncle of a 10-year-old Indian child who gave birth to a baby girl last month has been arrested for allegedly raping her.

He is the younger brother of the uncle who was arrested earlier and charged with raping the girl, police said.

Police began looking for a second suspect after forensic tests revealed that the baby’s DNA samples did not match those of the first accused.

Child welfare activists say the first suspect remains in custody.

He is not absolved of charges against him and his trial is under way in a special court dealing with crimes against children. He is in prison and has made no statement so far.

The latest arrest was made on Tuesday evening after the girl named the second uncle in her conversations with the police and counsellors.

“The girl stated that her 38-year-old uncle had also abused her,” a senior police official in Chandigarh city, Neelambari Vijay, told BBC Punjabi. She said police had sought permission to test his DNA samples.

The BBC’s Geeta Pandey in Delhi says the harrowing case of the 10-year-old has made headlines for weeks, both in India and globally.

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