13-year-old Hyderabad schoolgirl delivers baby in school washroom

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It is suspected that the parents knew about the girl’s pregnancy, but did nothing about it fearing social stigma

Much to the shock of teachers and other students, a 13-year-old girl in Hyderabad gave birth in her school washroom on Saturday, reports NDTV.

The incident happened in Madhapur area after the girl complained of a stomach ache. The teacher sent her along with another classmate to the washroom, where she delivered.

Reportedly neither the school staff nor the students were aware of her pregnancy, though they noticed that the girl would keep herself aloof. The girl may have been assaulted by a neighbour. A police complaint has been filed and a case of rape has been registered. It is suspected that the parents knew about the girl’s pregnancy, but did nothing about it fearing social stigma.

This case once again highlights ignorance surrounding the issue of child abuse. If you notice your children being unusually quiet or reserved, encourage them to open up. Also, frankly talk to them about topics like sex, reproductive health and sexual abuse.

Childhood trauma can leave lifelong scars so it is best nipped at the bud.

Written by

Avinash Iyer

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