Medical board for abortion of pregnant girl

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Later, the victim revealed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather regularly while her mother was away for work.

The child, from the northern state of Haryana, told police she was repeatedly assaulted by her stepfather, who has since been arrested.

According to the Indian Express, the mother of the 10-year-old girl said that she wanted her husband free, even though he is accused of the rape.

The process commenced after a local court had given the go-ahead, but also directed the doctors to abide by the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

Just days after Haryana's Rohtak district made news for a harrowing rape and murder case of a 23-year-old girl, news of a 10-year-old impregnated by her step-father shocked one and all.

The stepfather, who is also the child's paternal uncle, was arrested and is now in jail, according to police, who added that the abuse had been going on for years.

It was only last week when child's mother took the girl to a doctor after suspecting that she is pregnant.

The medical board of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGI) comprising seven doctors including three gynaecologists today chose to abort the five month old foetus of a 10-year-old rape victim.

Now that the girl has won the rights to abortion, the procedure will take place any time now.

India has a gruesome record on rape, with close by New Delhi alone registering 2,199 rape cases in 2015, an average of six a day.

"The girl's life is destroyed but what will happen to my other children?" Indian law prohibits disclosing the names of rape victims.

It has been established that India's Supreme Court has received several petitions from rape victims in recent months requesting terminations and each case has been referred to a panel of medical experts.

Studies have shown that in many cases such a child of ten years, those who perform are people known to the children themselves, especially carers as parents, relatives and teachers. "The victim blaming begins with the police", Kumari said.