Court orders 10-year-old pregnant rape victim to undergo exam to see if she can carry child to term

Pregnant woman (illustration)
Pregnant woman (illustration)
By: Mason White

A family in India, is fighting for their 10-year-old daughter's right to abort her baby.

The young girl was now ordered to undergo an exam by doctors to determine if it is safer for her to have an abortion or to continue with the pregnancy and give birth to the baby via Caesarean section.

The girl, who is from the northern city of Chandigarh, Punjab, was allegedly raped by her uncle.

The parents took their daughter to a hospital after she complained of stomach aches. Doctors discovered that she had been raped and was pregnant.

The girl was already 26 weeks pregnant and Indian law restricts abortions after 20 weeks, unless doctors confirm that the mother's life is in danger.

The girl's parents want her to abort the child on the grounds that it is not safe for her to continue the pregnancy. However, a court in Chandigarh denied their request.

The parents took the case to the Supreme Court of India, which ordered the Postgraduate Institute of Medical Evidence and Research to examine the child and hand the court their findings.

Alakh Alok Srivastava, the attorney for the girl's family, said that the lives of both the girl and her baby were at "very serious risk."

Srivastava wants the Supreme Court to issue guidelines and set up a panel of experts to address abortions in cases of child rape victims.

Psychiatrists involved in the case said the girl does not understand the implications of her condition.