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CrimeMinor rape victim delivers baby that dies minutes later

Minor rape victim delivers baby that dies minutes later

As many as 1,48,185 crimes against minor victims were reported in 2019: 'Crime in India, 2019' report by the NCRB, released in September 2020

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A 13-year-old rape survivor gave birth to a baby girl at a hospital in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh. Sharing the information, police said today that the newborn, however, died soon after the birth. A 29-year-old man had allegedly raped the minor girl several times last year, police said, adding that they had arrested the accused on 9 February.

The minor gave birth to a girl child yesterday, police officer Virendra Tripathi said.

On the complaint of the family, an FIR had been registered on 7 February and the accused, identified as Sikander alias Amarnath Tewari, was arrested two days later, the officer said.

In the complaint, the family had alleged that the accused had called the victim, who is a Class 7 student in a local school, to his home on 15 August last year and raped her there, Chitrakoot police said.

The accused threatened the victim and raped her on several occasions thereafter, the cops said.

The family came to know of her pregnancy on 7 February, following which they approached the police, Tripathi said. “We are waiting for post-mortem and DNA reports of the newborn and further action will be taken after that,” he said.

Alarming incidents where victims are minor

In its report, the NCRB stated that as many as 1,48,185 crimes against minor victims were reported in 2019 in India. The “Crime in India” 2019 report by the NCRB released on 29 September said that crimes against minor victims increased by 4.5% in 2019 as compared to 2018.

The rate of crimes against women has been steadily rising over the years. The latest National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) report said that the year 2019 had seen over 4 lakh reported cases of crimes committed against women, up from 3.78 lakh in 2018 and 3.59 lakh cases in 2017.

The NCRB reported 32,033 rape cases which translates to a shocking 88 rape cases a day — and this is just 10% of all crimes against women. Experts say that picture could be far worse as most such crimes go unreported in the country.

Uttar Pradesh the worst

Data from the NCRB show that in 2019, Uttar Pradesh topped the states in crimes against women — with an alarming 59,853 cases, followed by Rajasthan and Maharashtra with 41,550 and 37,144 cases respectively.

Graphics: Minor rape victim delivers baby that dies minutes later

In terms of rape incidences, Rajasthan fared the worst, with nearly 6,000 reported cases. Uttar Pradesh ranked second with over 3,000 cases.

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