2 brothers rape 11-yr-old girl for 7 months, caught as she gives birth

Two brothers, aged 19 and 21, were sentenced to life imprisonment on Monday for raping an 11-year-old girl in Ghaziabad for seven months. The girl recently gave birth to a boy fathered by the elder of the brothers, the prosecution said.

The two convicts, Pradeep Kumar (21) and Dileep Kumar (19), were tenants at the house of the girl, said police officers. They started raping her on January 15, 2022, and kept doing so until one week before the First Information Report in this case was lodged on September 5, 2022.

The FIR was lodged after the girl’s mother noticed her unusually bloated abdomen and tested her with a pregnancy kit. The pregnancy was also confirmed later by doctors at MMG Hospital, said the prosecution.

The Ghaziabad police expedited the chargesheet and submitted it before the court on September 27, 2022 while the court framed charges two days later against the two.

“A medical test confirmed that the girl was 36 weeks pregnant. Her parents gave a police complaint in this regard and an FIR was registered for gangrape and also under provisions of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (Pocso) Act. During the course of the trial, the girl delivered a boy and after her family refused to take it, the newborn was handed over to the child welfare committee. The entire trial was completed in 105 days and both convicts were awarded life imprisonment and a penalty of 50,000 each by the Pocso court,” said Harish Kumar, special public prosecutor (Pocso).

The prosecution said DNA profiling by police confirmed that Pradeep Kumar was the father of the newborn.

“The two convicts raped her till one week before the FIR was lodged and she got pregnant at a tender age of 11 years and delivered a child at an age meant for pursuing studies and sports. The act of the convicts devastated her precious childhood and future…” the court said in its order on Monday.

The prosecution said the girl’s testimony proved crucial to the case.

During her chief examination, she told the court that both brothers raped her repeatedly since January 15, 2022, in the absence of her parents and threatened to kill them if she told anyone about the rape.

“The two brothers raped me since January 15, 2022 and threatened me with a knife. They also forcibly gave me 50-100…,” the girl told the court in her chief examination during trial.

The prosecution produced 15 witnesses during the trial, including healthcare staff and doctors from MMG district hospital as well as forensic experts from the forensic science laboratory at Niwari.

The girl also told the court that a certain Narendra Dera, who operates a mobile phone shop, also raped her several times after the brothers raped her.

“Narendra Dera also raped me 2-3 times and I was taken to him by my other tenant girl (a minor) who was also my classmate. She told me not to reveal the incident to anyone…” the girl said in her chief examination.

The girl was student of class 6 at a government school in East Delhi.

“The said that Narendra Dera also raped her several times and her two friends, her classmate and another woman named Neetu, helped Dera in his acts. The court took cognizance and directed for another case to be lodged and the police charge sheeted three other accused – Dera, the minor girl and the woman, Neetu. The case is in the trial stage. Of the three accused, Neetu is on the run while the minor girl is undergoing trial while Dera is in jail,” said special public prosecutor Harish Kumar.