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Haryana: 10-yr-old rape victim undergoes abortion

Press Trust of India, Rohtak, May 19 2017, 19:53 IST
The girl underwent an abortion after the medical board was allowed to take a call on the matter by the district court. photo for representation.

The girl underwent an abortion after the medical board was allowed to take a call on the matter by the district court. photo for representation.

A 10-year-old Rohtak girl, who was found to be five months pregnant after being allegedly raped by her stepfather, underwent an abortion today, after the district court had left the matter to a medical board here.

"The process (of abortion) is complete now. The girl is recovering," said the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) Rohtak doctor, Prashant Kumar.

The medical board of PGIMS on May 16 had decided to abort the foetus of the rape victim after the district court left it to the panel of doctors to take a call on the matter.

The gruesome incident that has received wide-spread condemnation from across the nation came to light on May 14 when the girl's mother took her to a hospital where her pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors.

The mother, in a complaint lodged with the police, had alleged that the girl's stepfather had been raping her for a long time and threatened the girl of dire consequences if she dared to disclose it to anyone.

She had reasoned that her family was not financially well off and therefore was in no condition to bring up the child. She already has four children, according to police.

The accused, identified as Suresh, was already arrested under section 506 (Punishment for Criminal Intimidation) of the IPC and relevant section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.

The family, originally hailing from Bihar, was residing at Durga Colony here.

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