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India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion


India rape victim, 13, seeks court approval for abortion
BBC News

The parents of a pregnant 13-year-old rape victim from the Indian city of Mumbai have gone to the Supreme Court seeking permission to abort her baby. The girl is 30 weeks pregnant. Indian law allows terminations after 20 weeks only if the mother's life is in danger. The pregnancy was discovered after her parents took her to a doctor to seek treatment for obesity. The girl alleges she was raped by her father's colleague, who has been arrested.Her case comes just days after a 10-year-old, also a rape victim, gave birth to a baby girl in the northern city of Chandigarh.Her plight made global headlines after the court turned down her request for abortion on the grounds that she was too far into her pregnancy.In May, a similar case was reported from the northern town of Haryana where a 10-year-old, allegedly raped by her stepfather, was allowed to abort.

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