While most girls her age are anxious about writing the Secondary Entrance Assessment (SEA) examination later this year, a 12-year-old primary school pupil is preparing to become a mother.
The five-month pregnant child conceived after allegedly being raped by the father of her sister’s child, who threatened to end her life if she reported the incident.
Princes Town police have confirmed that the girl, accompanied by her mother, reported the incident on January 9.
Relatives have, however, complained that they are not satisfied with the police response.
A relative said: “The 12-year-old girl has an older sister with a baby. The older sister and the child’s father are separated, but he asked if they can spend a weekend with him at his house. The older sister asked the 12-year-old to go with her to the man’s house in Princes Town. That was where she was assaulted.”
A police report stated the child’s older sister and the baby were asleep when the 25-year-old man assaulted her.
“He told her he would kill her if she told anyone. And he said if the girl’s mother found out she would put her out of the house. She was traumatised and afraid to tell anyone,” the relative said.
Police said the standard five pupil, who was unaware that she was pregnant, fell ill earlier this month.
“Her belly started to show and she was feeling sick. Her mother took her to the doctor, who confirmed she was pregnant.
Her mother questioned her in front of the doctor and that was when she said she was raped by the man,” the relative said.
The girl was examined by a district medical officer, who confirmed she was assaulted.
“Since then the man was not arrested or even questioned. The police said they are working on the case, but nothing is happening. This man cannot get away with this. She is a child and we need to protect her. She was supposed to write SEA this year, around the same time she will have the baby,” her relative said.
Investigators were reluctant to reveal information on the incident yesterday.
“The investigations are at a sensitive stage at this time,” the Express was told by police.