In a startling incident reported from Tamil Nadu, a Class 12 girl reportedly gave birth to a baby in washroom and ended up throwing the newborn in bushes near her school. A class 10 boy from the same school has been held for impregnating the girl. The incident was reported from a village in Tamil Nadu’s Cuddalore. The incident was brought to the fore after a student from the school found the newborn’s body earlier on Thursday.
At a government girl higher secondary school from a village in Cuddalore district, a girl found the body of a newborn baby in bushes near the school premises. The girl alerted the assistant headmaster of the school who in-turn alerted the police.
Following the alert, a police team reached the school and sent the body of the newborn to the Kamaraj Government Hospital in Chidambaram for postmortem. The police have so far theorized that a school girl gave birth to a newborn in the school restroom and threw it in the bushes.
Following the interrogation, a girl confessed giving birth to the newborn and throwing the baby in bushes. Further investigation led the police to the girl’s alleged boyfriend, who was responsible for the girl’s pregnancy. The minor was booked under relevant sections of the POCSO Act.
Tamil Nadu POCSO Cases & Conviction Rate
As many as 1,672 cases were filed under the POCSO Act in Tamil Nadu until June 2021, according to the data shared to the state Chief minister in the Assembly. Of the total cases, 1,252 cases were that of rapes against minors while 420 cases were booked for other offences.
What’s more concerning is the abysmal conviction rate in the state. As per the data from 2012 to June 30, 2022, a total of 20,829 POCSO cases have been registered. Of these, only 8,190 cases have come to a conclusion with 5,631 acquittals. Moreover, 3,500 cases are yet to be investigated.
While the case load builds up, another POCSO case was registered recently in Tamil Nadu. This time, a class 10 student was held for allegedly impregnating a class 12 student, who allegedly threw the newborn in bushes near her school.
Class 12 Girl Gives Birth in School Wash Room
A class 12 girl from a government girls higher secondary school in a village near Cuddalore district gave birth to a baby bow and allegedly threw it in bushes near her school premises. The incident was brought to the fore after a student from the same school discovered the newborn and alerted the assistant headmaster of the school.
Soon, a team of police rushed to the school and initiated a probe into the matter. The newborn’s body was sent to the Kamaraj Government Hospital for postmortem. The police initially theorized that a school girl may have abandoned the baby.
Police Theory Proven True
The theory realized itself when a class 12 girl confessed to the ordeal during the interrogation. The girl confessed that she gave birth to the newborn in a restroom and then abandoned it. Further interrogation led the police to a class 10 student from a nearby village who allegedly impregnated her.
Class 10 Student Booked
Following the incident and investigation that followed, the class 10 student was booked under multiple sections of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences. This included Section 5 (aggravated penetrative sexual assault), 5 (j) (whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on a child), 5 (j) (ii) (makes the child pregnant as a consequence of sexual assault), 5 (l) (whoever commits penetrative sexual assault on the child more than once or repeatedly) and 6 (punishment for aggravated penetrative sexual assault).