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HT Correspondent , Hindustan Times
Chandigarh, July 28, 2013
Additional district and sessions judge Shalini S Nagpal on Saturday framed charges against three women and a man for forcible termination of pregnancy after rape of a mentally challenged and physically handicapped 14-year-old girl. The police had registered the FIR on February 23 against main accused Vijay alias Vicky, his sister Sunita, mother Shanti, and SAS Nagar-based doctor Rashmi Jain, under sections 376 (rape), 313 (causing miscarriage without woman's consent), 363 (kidnapping), 366 (abducting or inducing woman to compel for marriage), 506 (criminal intimidation) and 120 (conspiracy).

The victim's mother, resident of Sector 56, had complained that the teen, mentally challenged and affected by polio, had been raped by their neighbour Vicky. The mother had found that out as, after her daughter remained unwell for some days, she and Sunita (the alleged rapist's sister) took the girl to a private clinic run by Dr Rashmi Jain in Phase 1, SAS Nagar, where it came to light that the girl was five months pregnant.

Later, the girl, a student of Class 4, told her mother that she had indeed been raped by Vicky. When the mother approached Vicky's family, they threatened her. Then, on February 21, in the mother's absence, Sunita and Shanti allegedly took the victim to Rashmi's clinic again and got her pregnancy terminated.

Upon return, the victim's mother found her bleeding and took her to the government hospital in Phase 6, where the abortion came to light and the police were informed. The accused were arrested and the cops also raided Rashmi's clinic to find some incriminating documents.

The case would now be heard on July 29.