Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Medicine | By Daryl Nelson

Indian court allows abortion to 10-year-old rape victim

Indian court allows abortion to 10-year-old rape victim

The girl was reportedly often left at home during the day when her mother was at work.

Police have arrested the stepfather of the victim on charges of rape, authorities said.

Both attacks took place in the north Indian state of Haryana, where Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar told reporters that the cases would be tried in a fast-track court.

The 10-year-old narrated the series of incidents and said her step-father threatened her with dire consequences, if she told anyone.

A medical board advised the court that the child's life had not been jeopardised by the pregnancy, normally a key condition for terminations after the 20-week limit. "I need to think about their future too", the daily quoted the mother as saying from a hospital in Rohtak, a district in northern Haryana state.

In the latest case of sexual violence against women to shock the country, the 20-year-old victim was allegedly kidnapped and drugged by her ex-boyfriend, named by Indian media as Sumit Kumar, and his friend.

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Investigations are ongoing and police have said that they are not looking for anyone else in relation to the deaths. Ms Leonard had a Non Molestation Order in place after previous incidents of violence and threats from Phair.

The stepfather, who is also the child's paternal uncle, was arrested and is now in jail, according to police, who added that the abuse had been going on for years.

However, in this particular case the doctors have chose to abort the foetus as normal delivery is also equally perilous.

The request for an abortion was moved to a local district court Tuesday because the girl was more than 20 weeks' pregnant. Police are registering more rape cases than before the laws were strengthened — with 34,651 counted in 2015, compared with 24,157 in 2012 — suggesting that victims are more readily coming forward to report crimes.

"The girl's life is destroyed but what will happen to my other children?"

Kumari said: "Whatever be the circumstances in which the child was conceived, whatever the trauma of the young mother, the fact remains that the child is also not to blame for being conceived".

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