Chandigarh: The lawyer of the man accused of raping his 10-year-old niece confirmed that his client’s DNA did not match that of the baby born to the rape victim. The DNA test result gives a dramatic twist to the case, which came to light when the victim was 30 weeks pregnant.
The matter had caught national attention after a public interest litigation was filed in the Supreme Court, seeking termination of her pregnancy. In a bind after a latest forensic report showed the DNA of the child delivered by a minor rape victim did not match with that of the accused, the Chandigarh Police are re-investigating the matter.
The report from the Central Forensic Sciences Laboratory (CFSL) here, which was submitted before a trial court this week, has pointed out that the DNA sample of the delivered child and the alleged rapist, maternal uncle, did not match.
The DNA mismatch in the CFSL report has been confirmed by the defence lawyer.
The girl had told her parents and police investigators earlier that her maternal uncle – a cousin of her mother – had raped her. She had identified the accused later.
Police sources said that two women police officers had spoken to the child victim but had not been able to gather much information.
The court has listed the matter for hearing on Friday.
The 10-year-old rape victim delivered a girl child in the Government Medical College and Hospital in Sector 32 on August 17.
The girl’s pregnancy was only discovered in July after her parents took her to hospital when she complained of stomach pain. They discovered that the girl had been repeatedly raped by her uncle over seven months.
The maternal uncle, aged around 45 years, was arrested and is undergoing trial in the matter.