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Want death for rapist, says 10-yr-old pregnant rape survivor’s father

The crime came to light last Friday after the girl was taken to hospital on complaining of stomach ache. On the complaint of her mother, who is the accused’s sister, the police arrested the man.

punjab Updated: Jul 24, 2017 09:54 IST
Aneesha Bedi
The victim’s family hails from Nepal and has been residing in servants’ quarters in one of the southern sectors in Chandigarh.
The victim’s family hails from Nepal and has been residing in servants’ quarters in one of the southern sectors in Chandigarh.(Representative Image)

As the Supreme Court takes up a public interest litigation to allow termination of pregnancy of a 10-year-old rape survivor from Chandigarh on Monday, her father told HT that the only thing on his mind right now was justice for her daughter and death penalty to his accused brother-in-law.

“Mujhe nyaya chahiye aur kuch nahi. Main chahta hoon ki use phansi par chara diya jaye. Aur kisi bhi tarhan ki madat nahi chahiye mujhe (I want justice. The accused should be hanged. I don’t want any other help),” said an agitated father, while talking to HT at the Sector-39 police station.

Adding that he also wanted the court to allow her 30-week pregnant daughter to undergo abortion, the father said he will abide by the apex court’s ruling.

The crime came to light last Friday after the girl was taken to hospital on complaining of stomach ache. On the complaint of her mother, who is the accused’s sister, the police arrested the man.

The accused had allegedly raped the minor repeatedly. He was later sent to police remand. However, a local court on Tuesday denied permission to terminate the pregnancy.

The girls family hails from Nepal and has been residing in servants’ quarters in one of the southern sectors in Chandigarh.

The father works as a watchman with the UT administration while the mother works as a domestic help. The accused uncle had been working at a hotel in Sector 35.

Will help family, come what may, says delhi lawyer

The PIL has been filed by a Delhi-based lawyer, Alakh Alok Srivastava, who came to known about the crime through media reports.

Initially, the family was not aware of the matter reaching the Supreme Court. It was only after Good Samaritans reached out to them to offer emotional and financial support, they became aware of it .

Talking to HT over phone, Srivastava said: “Whether the apex court allows or dismisses the petition, I will provide all assistance and financial aid to ensure the family comes to the AIIMS, Delhi, for the girl’s treatment.”

He said already there has been a week’s delay, adding to the family’s concerns.

“The instant petition is humbly praying this court to frame and issue urgent appropriate guidelines for setting up a permanent mechanism and for constituting a permanent medical board at each district of India comprising best possible medical experts of the respective districts for expedient termination of pregnancies beyond 20 weeks in the exceptional cases particularly involving child rape survivors under the best possible medical facilities,” states the petition in the Supreme Court.

Although the Centre initiated the process to amend Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, way back in 2014, it is still waiting the cabinet approval before being introduced in the Parliament.

The proposed bill intends to extend the permissible period for abortion from 20 weeks to 24 weeks if the healthcare provider believes the pregnancy involves a substantial risk to the mother or the child.

The amendment also allows to do away with the time limit for abortion in case of substantial foetal abnormalities.

Medical board preparing for natural delivery, mulls adoption

The medical board constituted at the Government Medical College and Hospital, Sector 32, to oversee the case of the 10-year-old rape survivor, has started exploring the option of putting the child up for adoption after delivery.

As a local court rejected termination of pregnancy, the board is preparing for natural delivery, even as doctors continue to maintain that pelvic bones are not fully developed in girls at this age, making full-term pregnancy very risky.

The board, headed by forensic department chief Dr Harish Dasari, might also go for C-section if the need arises.

“We have asked a few social workers to help bring the girl for checkup on Monday,” saida gynaecologist and board member.

Meanwhile, throwing light on a similar case in Karnal, advocate Pradeep Sharma said the Punjab and Haryana high court had declined termination of pregnancy of a 12-year-old rape victim in 2015.

Eventually, the baby was given up for adoption.