India rape: Uncle did not father child's baby - DNA test

| Updated Oct 14, 2017 at 5:00pm



Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby's DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her.

After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month.

The 10-year-old was not aware of her pregnancy.

She was told her bulge was because she had a stone in her stomach.

She alleges she was raped several times in the past seven months by the uncle.

The accused, which is in his 40s, was arrested and is being tried in a special court dealing with crimes against children. He is in prison and has made no statement so far.

The BBC's Geeta Pandey in Delhi says the result of the DNA test has now led to questions over whether the girl was abused by others.

The girl's father had earlier told the BBC that the accused had not denied the charges against him.

Police said the uncle had admitted to the allegations, our correspondent reports.

"So far no-one had thought of any other possibility.

The girl had testified to the court on video conferencing and in her statement, she had very clearly named the uncle and revealed facts about her abuse," an official involved with the investigation told the BBC on Wednesday.

The girl's mother has reportedly told the investigators that they do not suspect anyone else, so the case has taken a very strange turn, the official added.

On Tuesday, police and counsellors visited the family again to speak to the 10-year-old.

A senior police official told BBC Punjabi that they would ask for a re-check of the forensic tests to ensure there had been no error in the DNA report.