Chandigarh: 34 weeks pregnant, 10-year-old rape survivor hospitalised
The girl was raped allegedly by her maternal uncle, a hotel worker, repeatedly over seven months.The girl’s family hails from Nepal and has been residing in servants’ quarters in one of the sectors in Chandigarh.punjab Updated: Aug 09, 2017 21:14 IST
Lying in a private ward of a city’s government hospital, the 10-year-old rape survivor is now in the final weeks of pregnancy.
Now 34 weeks pregnant, she still does not know that she is going to become a mother. The girl was admitted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH-32), Sector 32, on Tuesday.
“She is healthy, happy and is enjoying cartoons on TV. The child has no clue about what happened to her and neither anyone is going to tell her,” said a senior doctor from GMCH-32.
On Wednesday, a detailed medical report will be prepared on the health condition of the child and it will be submitted to the Child Welfare Committee (CWC).
The CWC have informed that the state that UT administration will fund t he hospitalisation cost of the child and the family will not have to pay anything.
The case came to light in July after the girl was taken to a hospital when she complained of stomach ache.
The girl was raped allegedly by her maternal uncle, a hotel worker, repeatedly over seven months.The girl’s family hails from Nepal and has been residing in servants’ quarters in one of the sectors in Chandigarh. Her father is a watchman and the mother works as a domestic help.
Two weeks ago, the child was examined by a panel of experts from the PGIMER, which was formed on the directions of the Supreme Court.
“We were asked to check whether it was safe for the child to continue pregnancy and we had said “yes”, as the child was already 32 weeks pregnant. There was no scope of abortion.”
“But, we had written that she was at a higher risk in comparison to the adult women,” said the doctor.
The panel members had suggested that the child needs to be under constant medical supervision.
Two weeks after the panel’s suggestion and a week after recommendation by the CWC, the child has been admitted to the GMCH-32.