October 31, 2017 09:13 PM

Chandigarh (Face2News)

Fast-track court on Tuesday held two brothers (Maternal uncle of girl) guilty of raping their 10-year-old niece, a case that made headlines after the Supreme Court turned down her plea for abortion.

The girl, who gave birth to an infant on August 5, accused the two of raping her over five months. The quantum of sentence will be announced on November 2, and the two men — who hail from Nepal — could face life imprisonment. 

In mid-July, the girl’s mother (domestic help by occupation) took her to a hospital after she complained of stomachache. Doctors found that the girl was 30 weeks’ pregnant.

A local court dismissed the girl’s plea for abortion after a doctors’ panel said she was too far into her pregnancy, and medical intervention at that point would be risky. The decision was upheld by the Supreme Court.

India places a 20-week legal ceiling on abortion, except when there is a risk to the mother’s life. However, there has been a flood of petitions in recent times, with women seeking termination of pregnancy beyond that.  After the girl lodged a complaint, police arrested her mother’s cousin — employed as a guard at a Chandigarh hotel — for the crime. However, the case turned on its head when the DNA samples of the newborn didn’t match those of the uncle. This was first reported by Hindustan Times on September 11.

17 days later, police dubbed the man’s younger brother as the main accused and arrested him.The girl told police that she was first raped by the second uncle, a cook at the same hotel, around Christmas in 2016. His older sibling assaulted her repeatedly from April till early July, she added. The girl didn’t name the main accused initially for fear that he would carry out his threat of killing her parents. Both the accused have confessed to the crime, police said.

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