The Pernambut police on Monday arrested a 22-year-old youth for sexually abusing his 15-year-old cousin, who gave birth to a child on July 5.
Police said Bilal of Rashidabad in Pernambut Town sexually abused his cousin for nearly a year. The incident came to light when the girl’s mother Riswana (40) tried to abandon the newborn at the Government Pentland Hospital here, in the early hours of Saturday.
The paramedical staff and doctors informed the district All Women Police Station, after noticing Riswana loitering around with the child. During police inquiry, Riswana disclosed that her sister’s son Bilal, who was running a vegetable shop in Bangalore, had left his mentally deranged mother under her care.
Whenever he visited her house to see his mother, he had sexual intercourse with her daughter, making her pregnant. However, he refused to marry her.
District Social Welfare Officer (DSWO) P Gomathi said,“The girl gave birth to the child at her house in the early hours of Saturday. After admitting her daughter in the Government Hospital in Pernambut for post-delivery treatment, Rizwana decided to get rid of her granddaughter.” She took the baby to the Pentland hospital to abandon it, said the DSWO, quoting Rizwana and her daughter’s statement.
The Social Welfare Department lodged a complaint to the Pernambut police to take action against Bilal. Meanwhile, Rizwana also lodged a complaint against Bilal for cheating and sexually abusing her daughter.
Registering a case under sections 417 (punishment for cheating), 376 (punishment for raping), 506 (i) (punishment for criminal intimidation) of IPC and 4 of Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act, the police arrested Bilal. He was remanded in the Vellore Central Prison for Men.