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13-year-old delivers baby in school washroom in Andhra Pradesh

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Hyderabad: In a shocking incident, a 13-year-old student delivered a baby inside a school washroom in Andhra Pradesh on Saturday, leaving her teachers, other staff and friends flabbergasted.

The incident happened in a government school in the Madhapur area of Hyderabad on Saturday when the grade 9 student reportedly first complained of a stomach ache, after which her teacher sent her to the washroom along with a classmate, NDTV reported.

When the classmate returned, she reported that the girl had delivered a baby. The girl’s parents were then summoned to the school.

Surprisingly, no one, including 13 teachers, had noticed that the girl was expecting a baby.

”She is very slim and would walk with a dupatta on her stomach and she would sit with her bag on her lap, so we didn’t know,” said the girl’s teacher.

According to reports, the girl was allegedly raped by a neighbour, but a rape case was lodged only after the incident became public on Monday.

The district education officer said that the student’s parents may have been aware of her pregnancy but fearing social stigma were reluctant to tell anyone.

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Andhra Government to Give Free Smartphones to 1.4 Crore Women

1.4 crore women in Andhra to get free smartphones

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The Andhra Pradesh government has decided to give free smartphones to all members of women’s self-help groups in the state to enable them to avail various government services on digital platform.

The state has around 1.4 crore members in Development of Women and Children in Rural Area (DWCRA) groups, popularly known as the women’s self-help groups.

The phones will have Android operating system and will come with a sim card with required speed, unlimited calls, daily 50 SMSes and 1 GB data.

K. Vijayanand, Principal Secretary, Information Technology, Electronics and Communications, on Wednesday said Andhra Pradesh Technology Service will be the nodal agency for procurement of the phones.

A procurement committee will announce guidelines for the same.

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A technical committee will be framing guidelines to distribute the phones.

The Internet is expected to increase the reach of citizen services being provided by the government. He said the move would help bridging the digital divide.

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The government is providing citizen services under various platforms like E-Pragati, Mee Seva, Yuva Nestam and Real Time Governance. There is also a toll-free number 1100 to lodge complaints.

There are already 900 web-based and 100 mobile applications available to provide various services to the people. (IANS)