Pregnant For Over 5 Months After Rape, 10-Year-Old Girl From Rohtak Seeks Abortion

The girl has crossed the 20-week legal limit to terminate her pregnancy. Doctors from the local hospital say her condition is critical.

Rohtak, Haryana: The district court in Haryana’s Rohtak will today decide whether a 10-year-old girl in advanced stage of pregnancy, allegedly raped repeatedly by her stepfather, should be allowed to have an abortion.

The girl’s condition came to light last week when she confided in her mother, but by that time, she had crossed the 20-week legal limit to terminate her pregnancy. After this time limit, abortions are permitted only if there is risk involved to mother or the baby.

The medical board of Pandit Bhagwat Dayal Sharma Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), Rohtak, handed over a report to the police on Monday requesting the court to grant permission for medical termination of pregnancy.

Following this, the victim’s mother filed a petition in the district court in Rohtak.

Pankaj Nain, police chief of Rohtak, said that an application has been filed and now it’s up to the courts to decide on the matter.

He also said that the 10-year-old had made a statement to police and was being given counselling and medical care.

The activists are of the view that restrictions on medical termination of pregnancies should be extended to 24 weeks as reporting of pregnancies is often delayed by the rape victims.

This incident comes as another shocker from Rohtak where last week, a 23-year-old was abducted, raped and killed.  Later, her head was smashed with a brick to stop identification and the body was run over by a vehicle.

Nearly 40,000 rape cases are reported every year in India, with the national capital New Delhi alone registering 2,199 rape cases in 2015 — an average of six a day.

The real number, however, is thought to be much higher, with victims wary of how their complaints will be dealt with or the social stigma attached to sex crimes.

(With Inputs From AFP)

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