A 13-year-old boy was booked by police in Pathanapuram of Kollam district, for allegedly impregnating a 15-year-old girl.
The boy was given bail after he was produced before Kollam chief judicial magistrate, who is also the chairman of Juvenile Justice Board.
The Pathanpuram Circle Inspector Nandakumar told The News Minute that the case was registered based on the statement of the girl who delivered a baby four days ago. He said that more details cannot be revealed as per POCSO rules.
The girl, who was studying in class 9, was pregnant and in pain when she went to hospital on Monday.
Police say that the hospital referred her to a better one, but she did not go and gave birth at home.
The girl told the police that her neighbour who was studying in class 8 was responsible for her pregnancy.
The Times of India reports that police took the boy into custody from his relative’s house in Mangaluru on Thursday. The boy has confirmed that he had sex with the girl a couple of times, the report adds.
Blood samples have been collected from the boy with the permission of his parents, in order to conduct a DNA test.
In March last year, a 12-year-old boy from Ernakulam district had fathered a child with a 16-year-old girl. The girl had delivered the baby at a private hospital in the district.
Police said they have registered a case against the boy and would seek legal advice, as both the perpetrator and the victim (in the eyes of the law), were minors.
In the 12-year-old boy's case, police had confirmed the paternity by conducting a DNA test on blood samples collected from the boy and the infant, who was just 18 days old at the time of the test.