12-year-old raped in Hanoi gives birth

By Viet Tuan   April 19, 2024 | 02:24 am PT
Hanoi police have launched an investigation into a case in which a man was accused of raping a girl on various occasion, and getting her pregnant.

The alleged rapist, whose identity has not been revealed, is now under house arrest, police in Thanh Tri District announced on Sunday. He is a neighbor of the girl, now 12.

In early January, the girl's family detected abnormal signs in her physical health, including a bigger belly, so they took her to a hospital for a checkup.

Only then did they learn she was six-months pregnant.

The girl later said the neighbor had raped her on several occasions.

On April 17, she was taken to Hanoi Obstetrics & Gynecology Hospital for a C-section.

Those found guilty of raping a minor can receive a jail sentence of 7 to 15 years. They can receive a death sentence for gang rape, if the act causes serious physical or mental damage, or if the victim is less than 10 years old.

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