14-yr-old rape vic­tim preg­nant in Bathinda

Hindustan Times (Amritsar) - - Punjab - HT Cor­re­spon­dent let­ter­schd@hin­dus­tan­times.com

BATHINDA: A Class-7 stu­dent, the daugh­ter of a street-food ven­dor, at a pri­vate school in the city has been found to be preg­nant.

She claims that her 22-yearold neigh­bour Pawan Ku­mar, a labourer, raped her re­peat­edly over the past five months.

Her fam­ily hails from Bi­har. The fa­ther said he came to know about the rape on Thurs­day when his daugh­ter com­plained of ab­domen pain.

The pri­vate hos­pi­tal they vis­ited con­ducted a preg­nancy test that was pos­i­tive.

The par­ents ap­proached the po­lice and she was again ex­am­ined at the civil hos­pi­tal on Sun­day.

Preg­nancy was con­firmed, though an ul­tra­sound to know the stage of preg­nancy had not been done yet.

The fa­ther has told the po­lice that the ac­cused had even threat­ened his daugh­ter of killing her, his brother and other fam­ily mem­bers if she re­vealed the sex­ual ex­ploita­tion that went on for five months to any­body.

“The fam­ily of the ac­cused were aware that their ward was a rapist. So, they have al­ready sent him to their native place in Ut­tar Pradesh to en­sure that he can then eas­ily flee away,” he claimed.

Civil Lines sta­tion house of­fi­cer Kuldeep Singh said, “On a state­ment from the vic­tim, a case of rape has been reg­is­tered. An ul­tra­sound will be con­ducted soon to know the sta­tus of the preg­nancy.

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