CHETUMAL, QUINTANA ROO (BNO NEWS) – An eleven-year old Mayan girl gave birth in southern Mexico on Thursday, two weeks earlier than expected. The girl was denied an abortion despite that she was raped by her stepfather when she was 10 years old, the Diario Yucatan newspaper reported.
The young mother, Amalia, was in the spotlight after police officers arrested Isaac Santiago Martínez for allegedly raping her in the indigenous village of La Rovirosa in Quintana Roo, southern Mexico.
Last April, the local Justice Department denied an abortion to the girl due to the fact that the girl was already in the fourth month of pregnancy and local laws do not allow abortions after the third month. The case was showcased by national media and generated controversy.
Martinez, also known as "El Brujo," was arrested on March 27. He has been in prison since March 30 on charges of resisting arrest, attempt to escape custody and rape.
Initially, Amalia said a fellow schoolmate abused her but after further questioning she admitted that her stepfather raped her.
The case is reminiscent of young Paulina Ramírez Jacinto, who in 1999 was raped by a drug addict that broke into her house while she was sleeping. At the moment of the offense she was only 13 years old.
After knowing she was pregnant, Paulina and relatives began legal procedures to have an abortion. The state of Baja California accepted the request but the hospital denied performing the medical procedure.
Instead, the girl was sent to religious and anti-abortion groups. The activists eventually convinced Paulina and she agreed to give birth. In 2005, the Interamerican Human Rights Commission (CIDH) ordered the state to pay compensation to Paulina and to pay alimony to her son until he reaches legal age.
So far, the youngest confirmed mother gave birth in 1939 in Peru. A local girl, Lina Medina, gave birth to a boy at the tender age of just five. Despite investigations, it was not possible to determine who the father was and how the boy was conceived.