11-year-old set to become Britain’s youngest mother

Published: March 18, 2017
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Police in United Kingdom are currently investigating the case of a pregnant 11-year-old girl who will become Britain’s youngest mother.

The girl who cannot be identified, is expected to give birth soon, and the father is understood to be a minor also, and only a few years older than the girl.

Few details can be made public for legal reasons and local authority is seeking strict reporting restrictions to protect the privacy of the minors.

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Britain has faced an issue of teenage pregnancies for a long time. However, official figures show they have reached their lowest level in almost 70 years. The decline has been linked to improvements in access to contraceptives and abortion services.

In 2016, 25,977 women aged 19 and under had babies in England and Wales.

Britain’s current youngest age of giving birth is 12. In 2014, a 12-year-old girl gave birth and the father of the child was 13. Their daughter is now looked after by her 28-year-old grandmother while the mother attends school.

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Tressa Middleton, another British national, gave birth in 2006 when she was only 12, after being raped by her brother. Sean Stewart, of Bedford, became Britain’s youngest-known father at age 12 in 1998.

This story originally appeared in The Guardian

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Bunny Rabbit
    Mar 18, 2017 - 5:02PM

    The west needs a thorough haul of moral and family values. Till the west and east blame each other for backwardness this will keep happening . Recommend

  • Alter Ego
    Mar 18, 2017 - 5:57PM

    Wests family structure at its finest.Recommend

  • Gigabyte
    Mar 18, 2017 - 7:20PM

    Where are those who always point fingers at a particular religion for marrying girls off in young age? And This happened in an enlightened, educated, civilised n developed country. Believe me, this is only tip of an iceberg.Recommend

  • IBN E ASHFAQUE
    Mar 18, 2017 - 9:53PM

    @Gigabyte: Having a child out of wedlock is civilized today………If the girl had been married it would be called improper child marriage………..such is the HYPOCRISY of western civilization………………………. Recommend

  • BrainBro
    Mar 19, 2017 - 9:13AM

    Yup, because child rape and its resultant pregnancy, has never ever happened in the land of the pure.Recommend

  • Muhammad Asghar khan
    Mar 19, 2017 - 11:49PM

    Very sorry on a Little mother.Recommend

  • Faisal
    Mar 20, 2017 - 10:23AM

    @BrainBro:
    Every society has issues, even the ‘land of the pure’ has some. But, the point is, one must look at the mirror before judging, shaming and maligning others?

    Land of the pure is underdeveloped, making fun of the weak is cowardly act of those which haven’t matured. Hence, let’s pick on the small guy, because cowards can get away with that, no?Recommend

  • muhammod siddiqi
    Mar 21, 2017 - 6:13PM

    the ptegnancy of the girl reveals ugly face of the co educationRecommend

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