In an incident that shows a disgraceful side of our society, a 10-year-old girl will undergo an abortion this week in Haryana. The young kid is pregnant with the child of her rapist stepfather. The abortion decision came after a city court asks doctors at the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) to examine the situation on aborting the unwanted foetus.
The court was approached as the foetus might have crossed the 20-week legal cap for termination of pregnancy. Notably, the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act bans abortion after 20 weeks. As the medical panel found that the girl’s pregnancy could be anywhere between 18 and 22 weeks, her case was sent to a city court.
The court suggested two ways; consider the foetus’s age to be less than 20 weeks and abort the child or wait for the pregnancy to complete its term. “The medical board took a humanistic approach and decided to abort,” said Ashok Chauhan, the medical superintendent at PGIMS, reported HT.
The doctors added that the girl is too young to bear a child and a full-term pregnancy and childbirth might be dangerous for her life. “But abortion will be less risky. In delivery, there could be complications such as excessive bleeding and post-operative complications,” the doctor said.
Now, the girl who was raped by her stepfather on several occasions admitted to PGIMS.
Her pregnancy was revealed after she complained of an aching leg. Her mother approached a doctor who performed a medical test.
The stepfather was arrested, but her mother, a laborer from Bihar requested police to set her rapist husband free as she feels his crime is pardonable.
The hospital has never handled such a young pregnant kid.