Rohtak: Hospital aborts pregnancy of 10-year-old who accused stepfather of rape
The girl was admitted to the PGIMS in Rohtak after her mother found out that she was pregnant. The child accused her 20-year-old stepfather of raping her multiple times and coercing her to not speak to anyone.Updated: May 20, 2017 07:29 IST
Doctors terminated the unwanted pregnancy of a 10-year-old Rohtak rape survivor on Friday, completing a procedure that took almost 48 hours of medication because of her age.
They ruled out any complication, saying the girl is doing fine.
“The medicines expelled the foetus out of the body,” said Dr Prashant Kumar, spokesperson of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), where the girl is being treated.
She would be kept under observation for a couple of more days in the hospital.
The girl was admitted to the PGIMS in Rohtak after her mother found out that she was pregnant. The child accused her 20-year-old stepfather of raping her multiple times and coercing her to not speak to anyone.
Her condition triggered a debate as India’s strict anti-abortion law prohibits medical termination of foetuses above 20 weeks, except when the mother’s life is under risk.
An eight-member medical board of the PGIMS cleared the abortion after it deduced the foetus’s age to be anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks. A local court agreed to go with the board’s decision, clearing the legal hurdle for the procedure.
The doctors began the process on Wednesday noon, administering a cocktail of medicines.
“It was a very simple process, but there were many hurdles due to her age,” said Dr Raj Singh Sangwan, chairman of the district child welfare committee (CWC).
The child will be brought to the CWC office after her discharge from hospital.
“The CWC will counsel her and see where she wants to go,” deputy superintendent of police Pushpa Khatri said.
Police are rounding up their investigation to ensure punishment for the stepfather, though his wife has argued that he hasn’t committed an “unpardonable crime” and should be released from jail.
“We will send the DNA samples for tests in Madhuban and soon file a report in court,” Khatri said.
Police were unsure of sending the girl home after her mother’s remarks about her second husband.
The man is the younger brother of her first husband, an alcoholic who died of kidney failure.
The woman, a mother of four and a migrant labourer from Bihar, said she cannot single-handedly take care of the poor family without the husband’s help.
The welfare committee is counselling the woman and has promised Rs 2,000 a month till the girl is 18. A scholarship for her younger daughter was promised too.
The aid is viewed as an incentive to stop her from seeking her husband’s release.