A minor rape victim in Kochi reportedly gave premature birth in a hospital bathroom and tried to flush down the foetus.
The incident came to light on Wednesday when the minor had gone to the private hospital with her mother for a check-up. While waiting, the girl went to the bathroom where she gave prematurely born. Instead of disclosing the matter to anyone, the young girl reportedly flushed the foetus down the toilet and went back for a check-up, a police official told PTI.
However, another person noticed the remains of the foetus in the toilet and informed the police about it, according to the PTI report.
After investigation, the police found that the minor girl was the one who had given birth to a premature baby and tried to flush down the foetus.
On being questioned, she admitted what she had done and told police that she was impregnated by the 20-year-old man.
According to the police, the girl had not told anyone about the pregnancy and had reached around six months gestation when she had gone to the hospital.
Subsequently, based on the complaint by the girl’s mother, a case was registered against the Wayanad-based man under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act.
The accused was arrested on Thursday and brought to Kochi, and will be, thereafter, produced before a magisterial court, police said.