In­dian girl, 10, al­lowed abor­tion af­ter rape

New Straits Times - - World -

NEW DELHI: A panel of doc­tors yes­ter­day ac­cepted a 10-year-old rape vic­tim’s plea for an abor­tion in the In­dian state of Haryana.

The child, who was of­ten left at home while her mother went to work at con­struc­tion sites, said she was raped by her step­fa­ther, who has since been ar­rested.

Her case only came to light last week af­ter she had crossed the 20-week le­gal limit, in which ter­mi­na­tions are only al­lowed when the life of the mother or the baby is in dan­ger.

The de­ci­sion to al­low the child to abort was taken af­ter a lo­cal court told doc­tors at the Post-Grad­u­ate In­sti­tute of Med­i­cal Sciences in Rohtak that it would ac­cept their rec­om­men­da­tion.

In re­cent months, In­dia’s top court re­ceived a num­ber of pe­ti­tions from rape and traf­fick­ing vic­tims seek­ing abor­tions for preg­nan­cies had gone be­yond 20 weeks. Agen­cies

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