In­dian rape vic­tim, 10, gives birth by Cae­sarean sec­tion

Weekend Mirror - - EDITORIAL -

BBC -- A 10-year-old rape vic­tim who was de­nied per­mis­sion for an abor­tion by the In­dian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl.

The girl is not aware that she has given birth. Dur­ing her preg­nancy she was told her bulge was be­cause she had a big stone in her stom­ach.

The baby weigh­ing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was de­liv­ered by Cae­sarean sec­tion in Chandi­garh at 09:22 (03:52 GMT).

Both the mother and the new­born are do­ing fine, an of­fi­cial told the BBC.

The girl al­leges she was raped sev­eral times in the past seven months by her un­cle, who has been ar­rested.

Her preg­nancy was dis­cov­ered in mid-July when she com­plained of stom­ach ache and her par­ents took her to hos­pi­tal.

A lo­cal court in Chandi­garh turned down the abor­tion plea on the grounds that she was too far into her preg­nancy after a doc­tors’ panel said that ter­mi­na­tion of the preg­nancy would be “too risky”. Later, the Supreme Court also re­fused to al­low an abor­tion for her on sim­i­lar grounds.

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