Parents of the 16-year-old rape victim who gave birth to a baby girl at a private hospital on August 5 do not want to keep the newborn, said officials of the child welfare committee (CWC) privy to the matter.
They said that though the minor said she wanted to take the newborn home, she told the panel members that she would have to accept her family’s decision as she was incapable of bearing the child’s responsibility by herself.
On Wednesday, the police had arrested a 22-year-old man, a former neighbour of the class 10 student, for allegedly raping her on several occasions at his rented accommodation last year.
The case came to light last week when the girl complained of abdominal pain and was taken to a private hospital, where it was revealed that she was with a child.
She delivered the baby on Sunday night and the parents approached the police a day later. An FIR was filed at Sector 14 police station under Section 6 of the POCSO Act and IPC Section 506 (criminal intimidation).
“The baby was born at 36 weeks and weighed 2.6 kilograms at the time of birth. The mother and child will be discharged from the hospital on Friday as the baby is reported to be healthy,” CWC chairperson Shakuntala Dhull said, adding that the victim’s parents have refused to keep the child due to social stigma and the mother is herself a minor.
“We have asked them to reconsider,” she said. The family had also told the police that they do not want to keep the baby, the police said. The family would be given the option to review their decision within two months.
“If the victim’s parents do not wish to keep the child, they would have to sign an affidavit citing reasons for surrendering the child,” Dhull said. The infant will then be handed over to the CWC, whose members visited the hospital on Thursday.
Dhull said they will present the case before the Haryana State Commission for Protection of Child Right (HSCPCR). “Taking into consideration the physical and psychological development of the baby, she will be shifted to state adoption agency, Faridabad. After this, adoption process will start,” Dhull said.
The CWC said the child will stay with the biological family till the documentation process is completed. “Though they are not willing to take the infant home, we have requested them to take care of her till the victim’s statement is recorded before the magistrate,” Dhull said.
CWC officials, who met the victim in the hospital and recorded her statement, said they are considering filing a report which will be sent to officials once the investigations are over.
“Once the child is legally surrendered by the family, she will be given up for adoption through an SAA. We would refer the child for adoption through the Faridabad SAA, which is nearest to Gurugram. This procedure will be confidential and her family will not be informed about her adoptive parents,” HSCPCR chairperson Jyoti Bainda said.
First Published: Aug 10, 2018 05:16 IST