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India 10-year-old child rape victim in abortion plea


India 10-year-old child rape victim in abortion plea
BBC News

A panel of doctors has met in India to discuss the case of a 10-year-old rape victim who is seeking an abortion.The girl was repeatedly raped by her stepfather and is due to give birth in about four months, police in the northern town of Rohtak told the BBC.He has been arrested and detained pending a full police investigation. Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless the woman's life is in danger. The girl's request for an abortion is for the courts to decide.The tough law was introduced to fight India's skewed gender ratio. A deep-seated cultural preference for sons has led to millions of female foetuses being aborted over the years by pregnant women after undergoing foetal gender testing.In recent months India's Supreme Court has received several petitions, some from women who were raped, wanting to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks.

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