Thiruvananthapuram: In an unusual occurrence in Kerala, a 12-year-old boy has become the father of a baby, after getting into a relationship with his 17-year-old cousin.
Initially, the potency of the boy was questioned owing to his age, but the DNA report and the potency test showed that the boy was indeed the father.
According to the Child Welfare Committee, the incident came to light about four months ago when the girl delivered a baby. The hospital informed the CWC which then informed the police.
According to Police, the boy and the girl were cousins living in the same house, after the girl and her mother were abandoned by her father.
Primarily, a case was registered against the boy. Later, when the boy complained, a case was registered against the girl, too. The family told the police that they were unaware of the pregnancy till the girl was taken to the hospital.
The girl had complained of stomach pain and she was taken to the hospital, where they realised she was pregnant.
The newborn baby and the girl are living with her mother in a house next to the house of the boy. The Child Welfare committee is counselling the girl and the boy.
Dr P K Jabbar, head of the department of endocrinology, Trivandrum medical college said that medically speaking it is possible to father a child at that age. "The age when children mature is between 12 and 14 years. In this child’s case, it may have been a little earlier. It can be a case of precocious puberty," the doctor said.