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Doctors to Abort 5-month-old Foetus of Minor Raped by Stepfather


Updated: May 17, 2017, 8:33 AM IST
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Doctors to Abort 5-month-old Foetus of Minor Raped by Stepfather
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Rohtak: A panel of doctors have decided to abort the foetus of a 10-year-old girl who was found to be five months pregnant after allegedly being raped repeatedly by her stepfather, PTI reported.

The gruesome incident came to light on Sunday when the girl's mother took her to a hospital where her pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors.

She had crossed the 20-week legal limit after which terminations are only allowed where there is a danger to the life of the mother or the baby.

The district court had left it to the medical board of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences to take a call on the matter. "The board has decided to go with the abortion," PGIMS, Rohtak doctor, Prashant Kumar said.

"This decision is in the best interest of the child (10-year-old girl)," he said.

Kumar said the process of abortion had already been started and could take hours or even a couple of days. He said the girl's condition was stable.

The girl's mother had on Monday moved the court, seeking permission to abort the foetus. She had reasoned that her family was not financially well off and therefore was in no condition to bring up the child. She already has four children.

The accused has been arrested under section 506 (Criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.

In recent months India's top court has received a number of petitions from women, including rape survivors and trafficking victims, seeking abortions where pregnancies had gone beyond 20 weeks.

Activists say the restriction should be extended to 24 weeks as victims of rape are often late to report their pregnancies.

In 2015, the Supreme Court allowed a 14-year-old rape survivor to abort a foetus after the 20-week limit.

Rohtak hit the headlines last week when a 23-year-old was abducted, raped and killed by seven men.

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