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India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

Updated May 17, 2017 12:06pm


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A 10-year-old girl who was raped will be allowed to have an abortion even though she has crossed the 20-week limit for terminations in India, police in the country said Wednesday.

The child has said she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who has since been arrested.

Her case only came to light last week, by which time 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 court had asked the medical board to take a call and doctors have decided to go ahead with the abortion,” Garima Devi, the police investigation officer assigned to the case, told AFP.

“The board has not said when they are planning it (abortion) but it will be any time soon.” 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.

The Indian Express said the victim's mother wanted the accused to be set free as he had apologised and that she had other children to take care of.

“The girl's life is destroyed but what will happen to my other children? I need to think about their future too,” the daily quoted the mother as saying from a hospital in Rohtak, a district in northern Haryana state. India has a gruesome record on rape, with the capital New Delhi alone registering 2,199 rape cases in 2015 ─ an average of six a day.

A UN Committee on the Rights of the Child in 2014 expressed alarm over the widespread sexual abuse of children and said one in three rape victims in India was a minor.


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vasudevan May 17, 2017 12:10pm

Bollywood films and easy availability of porn in mobiles are the main reason for the degeneration. Also there is no moral lessons in schooling

SAdaf May 17, 2017 12:10pm

Why is this so much in India ?

Najum May 17, 2017 12:10pm

What? Do 10 year olds even hit puberty?

PAKMAN May 17, 2017 12:13pm

Such heinous crime and brutality should have exemplary punishment; public need to be educated to respect opposite sex.

Maxx May 17, 2017 12:16pm

India has now become a degenerative and sick society...all the symtoms are now there.

aaamir khan May 17, 2017 12:16pm

Such a shame. I heard 21 months of girl being raped. Where is humanity going!

Bk May 17, 2017 12:39pm

@SAdaf: not only in india,its happening all over the world. Since its happened in India it has got news value. Its sad that such incidents keep occuring in the world.

ahmed May 17, 2017 12:44pm

Logical decision by the court. Appreciate it

SiDDHARTHa May 17, 2017 12:44pm

@SHUAIB, the rape case is rising in Pakistan too. Only they are nor reported. Please read Ms. Rafia Zakaria's article published in the Dawn yesterday.

Fudayl Z. Ahmad May 17, 2017 12:47pm

@Bk you nailed it. Such things and even incest seems common within poor families in South Asia. Poverty and large family sizes are to be blamed perhaps.

Nitin May 17, 2017 12:48pm

Now people from both side will jump on a bandwagon to show how good their country and how bad is others country.

Pavan May 17, 2017 12:51pm

@SAdaf ...same with pakistan. .see yesterday's article burning of women. .its not local its south Asian problem. .this is some what less in south India

Maxx May 17, 2017 12:54pm

@vasudevan You are right about the degeneration of Indian society, Indian porn industry is the second biggest in the world after United States.

Youths have been misled into it due to unemployment and skewed gender ratio in India, vis a vis females and males, many other reasons, also rape in India is considered as a vendetta by the society, check low caste Dalits being subjected to it by high caste in India.

Sameer May 17, 2017 01:00pm

India needs to change this image fast. Regardless of their developments, its heartaching to see absolute perversion taking the spotlight almost every day.

Shahid bhat kashmiri May 17, 2017 01:01pm

@SAdaf it's everywhere I think, closing eye doesn't mean that problem is solved or not there

N.S May 17, 2017 01:04pm

@SIDDHARTHA Instead of condemning it you are justifying it by saying it also happens in Pakistan...what kind of thinking is this. You should have first condemned it and then blame Pakistan, which is you people favorite subject.

Fudayl Z. Ahmad May 17, 2017 01:17pm

@SiDDHARTHa I can only hope that you are not defending the act, just because it happens in Pakistan too. We couldn't have fallen so low, could we?

changez khan May 17, 2017 01:18pm

A 10 year old kid was raped by her stepfather repeatedly, so disgusted, it makes you sick. Poor baby whose so much life ahead of her is completely destroyed.

IMTIAZ ALI KHAN May 17, 2017 01:21pm

@SiDDHARTHa Brother Pakistan has problems and Child Molestation is well and alive sadly just like India. Sadly rape is also a problem of Pakistan but India it's almost like a pandemic. Our problem are the same we must collectively take actions and then we can become great like our Indus Valley ancestors.

Love from Pakistan.

Ahmed. J May 17, 2017 01:23pm

Something is fundamentally wrong in India, why daily occurrence of such heinous acts in India...

INDIAN May 17, 2017 01:31pm

Very sad. Relatively less in South India especially. People from North India and Pakistan need to learn from the other native cultures in South and North-East India.

SLIDER May 17, 2017 01:33pm

@N.S To correct your perspective ,All Siddhartha is trying to emphasize here is that such atrocities are being committed all over the world. In some cases these are reported , in others they do not come out in public domain , that's all. He is not belittling the incident in any way.

asif khan May 17, 2017 01:45pm

lets clean our our back yard before pointing fingers at others.. in our great nation reporting and data collection does not show the magnitute of child abuse along with both male and female rape victims.

Khalid May 17, 2017 01:46pm

Sickening and disgusting...India has stooped to a new low, lowest of the low any nation can get.

ANIL May 17, 2017 01:49pm

@SAdaf I have simple explanation. Nothing in support of what is happening in India.

India has a huge population (1.2 Billion and rising ) and wast landscape,diversified demography.

Crimes always go proportional to population. In any society, you can assume one in 1000 will be crooks and criminals. If your whole nation is just 1 million people, you need to deal with only 1000 such crooks

Also there is increasing awareness and outspokenness against such crimes. Per new law, law agencies have to register such cases, in-spite in many cases they turn out to be fake and done with vendetta mindset.

Lastly,it has been fed to us ( in some part of central India,North east people are more open culture) that women are lesser and we, the macho men are supposed to dominate them. Such Patriarchal notion has also led to rapes (not necessarily Gang rapes). Hope this helps.

Leo May 17, 2017 01:57pm

@vasudevan : You said it.

Jaba jaba May 17, 2017 02:09pm

Incredible India!!

aamna May 17, 2017 02:20pm

Calling India the "rape club" wont help, just because sexual offenses don't get reported as much in Pakistan, it doesn't actually mean that they are nonexistent ...the thing is that women are 'the world's most "persecuted majority" ...

Talha May 17, 2017 02:48pm

Its a good decision.

Mind May 17, 2017 02:49pm

This is a sad story. Pakistani trolls should read their own news before acting holier than thou..young girl raped and murdered in Karachi, an Afghan boy shot, another tortured, paedophillia is entrenched in society, lets not touch on the honour killings. Glass house and stones my friends.

aamna May 17, 2017 02:54pm

@Mind that my friend is a strange sort of a mindset,where we don't mind being in the lowest rung of any index as long as India is on a lower ranking

Balaaji T May 17, 2017 03:00pm

@Maxx "India has now become a degenerative and sick society...all the symtoms are now there."

Its a good thing that Pakistan is still Land of Purity.

CHAI WALA hIndustani May 17, 2017 03:07pm

@IMTIAZ ALI KHAN Are you really from Pakistan? All your comments are very balanced and thoughtful.

MK May 17, 2017 03:21pm

Despicable mother, the stepfather should be harshly punished or spend life in jail. Maybe there should be more family planning awareness or poor people will keep having more children than they can care for.

Mind May 17, 2017 03:21pm

@aamna. just be mindful my comment isnt about justification or of the mindset that one is better than other. Absolutely to the contrary, just wanted to highlight the hypocrasy on show by some comments. Unfortunately Evil has no borders or country.

Murtaza May 17, 2017 03:22pm

@Bk wow seems like you aren't concerned about this happening in India rather you are just concerned about making sure you comment here with the context of trying to shift the focus to the World rather than India.... unfortunately this happens the MOST in India.

arsalan Zaheer May 17, 2017 03:22pm

Please stop comparing two countries and start doing whatever we can against this menace.

MK May 17, 2017 03:23pm

Even within India, Haryana always seems to be the worst in creating new lows for this sort of thing, possibly followed by U.P.

Alba May 17, 2017 03:36pm

Honestly did not know a ten year old could get pregnant.

Alba May 17, 2017 03:41pm

@vasudevan ...... I wouldn't worry about it. The step father probably never went to school. Our moral values come from our parents. His parents might never have gone to school. Don't know why pedophiles are attacked to preteens. They just are.

Chandra May 17, 2017 03:43pm


Alba May 17, 2017 03:57pm

@SLIDER ..... Not at all. SiDDHARTHA was singling out Pakistan.

kerala May 17, 2017 04:36pm

@Khalid really !

zash May 17, 2017 06:16pm

@Mind dude as far as the comments I have read all are in support of that young girl......pls don't paint us with your colors as in other articles there are less Pakistanis commenting about CPEC than you people.....just make sure that exemplary punishment is given to that heinous animal disguised as a human

The end is near May 17, 2017 06:19pm

Ban bollywood vulgarity first to stop rape cases. 6 rapes per day and that too alone in the capital New Delhi is an alarming situation and clearly shows that Modi Government is miserably failed in stopping this heinous crime.

Commentator May 17, 2017 06:37pm

Same incident happened in Brazil couple of years ago but the government would not allow abortion due to their law forcing the child to have the baby. Every society has degenerates. Unfortunately due to societal taboos with regards to mixing of men and women and warped minds due to internet, there are no red lines, and these things go on. Capital punishment in my opinion is a must. There can be no juvenile exemption. Using this as a opportunity to tar all people of a designated area is foolhardy. We could start with fixing ourselves first.