DOCTORS in India are allowing a 10-year-old rape victim to have an abortion although she has crossed the 20-week limit for terminations, according to local police.
An AFP report (via Channel News Asia) said the girl from Haryana state claims she had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather but only came to know of her pregnancy recently when her mother took her to see a doctor.
Authorities were only notified of her case last week, after she had crossed the 20-week legal limit. After the 20 weeks, Indian law stipulates that terminations are only allowed when the pregnancy is threatening 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.” Read more