A 10-year-old girl in India was raped by her stepfather and is believed to be about four months away from giving birth.
This was a particular case because India doesn’t allow abortions after 20 weeks unless it’s due to saving the life of the mother. The legislation is called Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.
The little girl’s mother took her to the doctor with the suspicion she was pregnant. Once that was confirmed, the little girl told her mom the assailant was her uncle who had been sexually abusing her for about four years.
The stepfather is in jail, and the young girl is being treated and counseled.
An Indian court on Tuesday granted the right to an abortion to an underage girl in a rape case.
The girl is believed to be ten years old and was due to give birth in four months, police said. Her stepfather was arrested in an ongoing case of abuse, authorities said. Indian law prohibits disclosing the names of rape victims.
The court’s decision comes a day after a medical board examined the girl at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences in Rohtak district in India’s northern state of Haryana.
“The court has asked the doctors to terminate this pregnancy, ” Dr. S.K. Dhattarwal, head of the institute’s forensic medicine department, told CNN.
“We are examining the female to determine the best method for abortion. It will be carried out in the evening.”
The request for an abortion was moved to a local district court Tuesday because the girl was more than 20 weeks’ pregnant.
India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act doesn’t allow abortion after 20 weeks unless “the termination of such pregnancy is immediately necessary to save the life of the pregnant woman.”
I could even begin to imagine the strain on that young girl. To go through that, get pregnant, then have to tell her mother her uncle has been sexually abusing her for at least four years. Now her story is public, and the courts had to intervene to kill the life of the baby inside. There’s no way a 10-year-old could have a baby right? That’s too much!
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