A ten-year-old girl in Northern India was denied an abortion after being allegedly raped by her uncle. She recently gave birth to a baby girl at the Government Medical College and Hospital. The girl’s doctor, Dasari Harish, told CNN that both are in stable condition. Harish claims that the girl did not know she was pregnant and her parents would not allow doctors to tell her the truth.
India’s Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act does not allow abortions after week 20 of pregnancy without permission from the courts. Authorities were not notified of the young girl’s pregnancy until after the 26th week according to the family’s lawyer, Alakh Alok Srivastava.
“[The] first verdict the Supreme Court made was that the pregnancy cannot be terminated at this stage based on the opinions of the medical board,” Srivastava told CNN.
“It is a class issue, it is an issue of access to medical services,” Indira Jaising, a senior lawyer for India’s Supreme Court said. “It is an issue of access to proper information about how to deal with this situation. It is alarming that a medical professional did not attend to this much earlier.”
The girl’s uncle, whose case is pending, allegedly raped her over a seven month period.