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12-year-old girl gives birth in Italy


Rome: A 12-year-old girl has given birth to a baby boy in southern Italy whose father is a 13-year-old classmate, the Quotidiano italiano online newspaper reports.

Doctors delivered the 3 kg baby boy last week by Caesarian section in a private clinic in the city of Bari, the paper said.

The children’s families are said to be middle-class and decided they wanted to keep the baby.

Children in Italy are having sex younger and younger, the Puglia region’s guarantor for minors, said Rosi Paparella, calling the Bari case “an alarm bell”.

Paparella blamed the problem of children having children on inadequate sex education in schools and at home, the ready availability of pornography and a lack of parental supervision.

“I believe we urgently need to roll out at national level new courses to remedy education backwardness,” said Paparella.