12-year old girl takes bleach due to poser on parentage


IPOH: A 12-year-old girl who was constantly teased for having lighter skin tone than her Indian parents, is now fighting for her life at the Raja Permaisuri Bainun Hospital here after she was believed to have consumed bleach.

The girl is however reported to be in a stable condition.

She recently made it into the news  after her identity was questioned by the National Registration Department when she applied for her MyKad.

Her mother, 60, claimed that the NRD refused to issue her the MyKad because the girl had different skin colour from her parents.

The mother also claimed that the NRD had asked for a DNA test to be conducted to prove that the girl was  her biological daughter.

Buntong assemblyman, A Sivasubramaniam, who is currently at the hospital with the family, said the girl had consumed the bleach after she was teased by her friends on her family background and her failure to obtain the IC.

"I was told the girl had gone to the shop to get something. While there, some people asked her on the matter.

"When she went home, she confronted her mother on the matter but did not get answers.

"It was then she decided to lock herself in the room and consume the bleach," he said.

Sivasubramaniam said the doctors said the girl was responding to treatment.

However, the extent of damage caused by the bleach to her internal organs could only be known in a few days time.

The 12-year old girl is now warded at Tuanku Bainun Hospital in Ipoh, Perak.

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