Doctors start abortion procedure on Rohtak rape victim at PGIMS
Going by the girl’s health, doctors are positive of success.Updated: May 17, 2017 23:30 IST
New Delhi, Hindustan Times
Doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) on Wednesday launched the process of terminating the pregnancy of a 10-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her step-father on multiple occasions.
Dr Raj Singh Sangwan, chairman of the district child welfare committee (CWC), said the hospital administered abortion medicines around noon.
“The process may take 12 to 24 hours,” he told HT. “Going by the girl’s health, doctors are positive of success.”
The process began a day after a local court asked the hospital to abide by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act in dealing with the issue. The law does not permit abortion if the period of pregnancy has crossed 20 weeks.
The medical board, which found the foetus to be anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks of age, decided on abortion over delivery because it was the relatively safer option for the victim. “A team of expert doctors will keep vigil over her until the process is completed,” said Dr Prashant Kumar from the PGIMS.
Sangwan said the minor, who was in a state of shock, has not uttered a word since her arrival at the hospital.
“A five-member CWC bench counselled her for five hours on Tuesday, and she is responding positively,” he added.
The district child welfare committee, which has asked PGIMS authorities to take special care of the girl and ensure that all her dietary needs are met, will lend coverage to the victim and her family under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act.
It will also provide ₹2,000 per month to her mother until she turns 18.
The girl’s younger sister, who is six years old, will be provided coverage under the sponsorship programme separately.
First Published: May 17, 2017 23:29 IST