12-year-old rape victim offers baby for adoption
The 12-year-old rape victim, who delivered a baby at PGIMER, Chandigarh last week, wants to offer her baby for adoption.
On an application moved by Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) now, the Punjab and Haryana high court has asked Central Adoption Resource Authority (CARA), a government of India agency to explore and expedite the adoption of child born as a consequence of non-consensual relationship. CARA’s response has been sought by Friday (May 29).
The minor rape victim from Haryana was under the supervision of PGIMER doctors on high court directions after her mother’s petition for termination of pregnancy was turned down by the high court on medical grounds on April 8.
The high court was told about the desire of the victim by PGIMER through an application.
The court has allowed the PGMIER to discharge the victim and directed the authorities that newborn should remain under the care and protection of hospital authorities. The high court has also ordered in chamber proceedings in the case.
The family came to know of the pregnancy on February 19, following which an FIR was registered in Karnal and the family approached the local health authorities to abort the child. As the authorities declined to carry out the abortion, stating that the girl was 28-30 weeks pregnant, the girl’s mother had on March 10 approached the high court. But her prayer was declined on medical grounds. On HC’s direction the girl was admitted at PGIMER.
The girl, a Class-7 student, was repeatedly raped by a boy known to the family. As the girl was threatened by him with dire consequences, she did not disclose it to anybody. She was medically examined in February after her mother got suspicious.