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Battered baby case: 14-yr old girl was pregnant,says CWC

The 14-year-old girl,who took baby Falak with serious injuries to the AIIMS Trauma Centre in January,was found to be pregnant.

The 14-year-old girl,who took an infant with serious injuries to the AIIMS Trauma Centre in January,was found to be pregnant. According to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC),the pregnancy was medically terminated at AIIMS on February 29 and the foetus preserved for DNA tests.

The teenaged girl was produced before the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) on Tuesday — the next hearing is on March 27 — after a graver charge was added to the case registered against her at the Vasant Kunj (North) police station.

A day earlier,police sought permission from the Child Welfare Committee,Lajpat Nagar to produce her “before the JJB,treating her as a juvenile in conflict with law”.

According to police,the new charge was added to the case after the girl admitted,during a counselling session,that she hurt the infant in a fit of rage. After examination of the MLC reports,the police added IPC Section 308 (attempt to commit culpable homicide) to the original FIR and named the girl as accused.

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Confirming this,Deputy Commissioner of Police (South) Chhaya Sharma said: “We have not registered any fresh FIR. After the MLC reports were examined,we added Section 308.”

The 14-year-old was sent by the CWC to a home meant for destitute girls nearly one-and-half months ago and has since been there.

Police said a case had already been registered against unknown persons for allegedly hurting the infant when she was brought to the AIIMS Trauma Centre. The fresh section was added recently because at the time of the registration of the case,it was not clear who had inflicted the injuries.

The CWC,in its latest order,stated that the teenaged girl has “many behavioural problems” and “does not open up during individual sessions”. Though an education plan has been laid down in the order,it “does not take into account that the child may not stay in the same institution unless the institution is prepared for providing long-term care”.

Meanwhile,the two-year-old has been moved out of the ICU but continues to remain at the AIIMS Trauma Centre. Doctors have said that though she may be fit for discharge,they cannot let her go in the “absence of a proper guardian”. Her mother and siblings,rescued by police,are in a separate home as per orders of the CWC.