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Visually impaired mother unaware of 17-year-old Kerala girl’s pregnancy.

In Kerala’s Malappuram district, a 17-year-old girl delivered a baby on 24 October at her residence by herself from watching YouTube videos.

Visually impaired mother had no clue of her pregnancy as she kept herself locked in her room. After three days, the mother got to know when she heard the cries of a baby. The 17-year-old had locked herself in the room and developed some infections. Both the mother and baby were rushed to the hospital, where the mother is recovering.

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Advocates Shajesh Bhasker, chairman of Malappuram district Child Welfare Committee (CWC), said the hospital informed them, and they further reported to the police. According to the minor’s statement, a 21-year-old neighbour was arrested and booked under sections of the POSCO Act for impregnating the girl. The 21-year-old was also booked under Section 376 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC) pertaining to rape.

According to the police, the minor and 21-year-old’s relationship was very well known to their families; they were planning to get them married once the girl reached the legally permissible age of 18. The couple had decided to keep the pregnancy secret. It was the 21-year-old who advised her to watch YouTube videos to learn how to cut umbilical cord by herself.

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The police further stated that as part of the probe, they would proceed with a DNA test.

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