A pregnant 10-year-old in India has been fighting in court for her right to an abortion, as the reason she is pregnant is because she was raped by her own stepfather.
The girl was abused many times by the man, every time her mother would leave the house. Although abortions after 20 weeks are illegal in India, unless the mother’s life is in danger, the girl decided to fight for it anyway.
A panel of scientists was present during the court cause, and it was them who decided to grant the little girl the right to abort her child.
Do you think they did the right thing? The 10-year-old is due to give birth in just 4 months.
The Daily Mail has more:
The stepfather has been arrested and detained pending a full police investigation after the girl’s mother reported him to police, Rohtak police official Pankaj Nain told the BBC.
The child’s family had demanded that doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences allow the girl to undergo an abortion.
Having come down on their side, the procedure will now take place ‘any time now’, according to a doctor on the panel.
The girl’s mother suspected her daughter might be pregnant only last week and took her to a doctor.
Reports said the girl was often left at home when her mother went to work.
She told her mother that she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who had warned her not to say anything.
It has been established that India’s Supreme Court has received several petitions from rape victims in recent months requesting terminations and each case has been referred to a panel of medical experts.
India has a gruesome record on rape, with close by New Delhi alone registering 2,199 rape cases in 2015, an average of six a day.
Nearly 40,000 rape cases are reported every year but the real number is thought to be much higher, with victims wary of how their complaints will be dealt with or the social stigma attached to sex crimes.