Thursday 26 April 2018

Court to decide whether girl (10) who is pregnant after being raped has to have the baby

(Stock photo)
(Stock photo)

Kathy Armstrong

A young girl (10) who is pregnant after being repeatedly raped by her stepfather may be forced to have the baby.

The child, who is from Rohtak in the Indian state of Haryana, is around five months pregnant and country's strict abortion laws dictate terminations aren't allowed after 20 weeks unless the mother's life is at risk.

After the girl's mother reported her stepfather to the police he was arrested and investigations are ongoing.

It's understood that her stepfather - who is also her uncle - would sexually assault the child when her mother was working.

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The Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences has deemed that the girl's life is not in danger so a court will now decide whether she can have a termination.

Dr Ashok Chauhan, medical superintendent at PGIMS, told the BBC: "The police and the authorities will now take the report to the court which can order whether the child can undergo an abortion.

"She is around 20 weeks pregnant, but it could be 19 weeks or it could be 21 weeks.

"The technology is not so advanced that it can tell you exactly what week she's in."

Abortion laws were tightened in India after cultural preferences led to millions of female foetuses being terminated.

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