10-year-old rape victim gives birth after being denied abortion

Lester Mason
August 19, 2017

The Supreme Court on Friday sought the Chandigarh administration's response on a plea seeking compensation to a 10-year-old who gave birth to a girl after being raped. Last month, acting on a medical board's advise, the top court had turned down the 10-year-old rape survivor's plea for an abortion who was already 32-weeks pregnant by then.

The doctor who carried out the surgery told the BBC, the surgery was uneventful and that the girl and baby are both doing fine.

The young girl delivered at the Government Medical College and Hospital in Chandigarh, after doctors operated on her through a Caesarian section.

She was 35 weeks pregnant, according to the Hindustan Times.

Indian law does not allow for abortions past 20 weeks of gestation unless there is a threat to the mother's health. She was reportedly told her growing stomach was due to a big stone. A case against the man is pending. The shocking and rare medico-legal case "has left many medical experts dumbfounded" because of her age, the counsel for the girl had told the apex court.

The application said money was needed if the girl was to be rehabilitated with change of identity and also to help her complete her studies. "It is an issue of access to proper information about how to deal with this situation".

The Press Trust of India news agency reported that the girl did not know she had given birth and that her parents were putting her child up for adoption.

Government figures show there were 20,000 incidents of rape or sexual assault on minors recorded by authorities in India in 2015.

In May, the high court allowed a 10-year-old from the northern state of Haryana who had been raped to abort her fetus at almost 21 weeks into the pregnancy.

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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