Ten-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after abortion request denied

10-year-old rape survivor gives birth to baby girl at Chandigarh hospital

Summary: Police today released the sketch of the suspect who allegedly kidnapped and raped a 12-year-old girl in Chandigarh on Tuesday. "The minor girl delivered a baby through C-section in the morning". However, it was only after she revealed to the superintendent of the shelter home that the pregnancy was the outcome of rape, she made attempts to have it terminated at the hospital on March 14. By then it was too late for her to abort the foetus.

Over 10,000 children were raped in India in 2015 alone. The medical board of AIIMS, which was asked by the apex court to examine the woman, had earlier given its report saying she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy.

The mother and child were stable, hospital sources said, adding that the baby was in intensive care as it was underweight.

The parents have refused to take custody of the baby and have agreed to adoption through the state agency.

The girl did not know she was pregnant and her parents told her she was having an operation to have a stone removed from her stomach.

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The family, did not approach the authorities about the girl's pregnancy until the 26th or 27th week, said Alakh Alok Srivastava, a lawyer who represented the girl's family, to CNN in a previous interview.

"The fundamental concept relating to bodily integrity, personal autonomy and sovereignty over her body have to be given requisite respect while taking the decision and the concept of consent by a guardian in the case of a major should not be over emphasised", the bench, also comprising Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, said.

A 10-year-old girl who was raped by her uncle has given birth to a girl.

The girl told her mother her uncle sexually assaulted her six times during visits to her family's home after they found out she was pregnant when she complained of stomach pain, the Indian Express reported.

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