India doctors allow 10-year-old rape victim to abort

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 - 10:13

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A panel of doctors has accepted a 10-year-old rape victim's plea for an abortion in the northern Indian state of Haryana.

Doctor Ashok Chauhan told the foreign media that the termination would be carried out "anytime now".

The girl became pregnant about five months ago. She alleges rape by her stepfather, who has been arrested.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors confirm the woman's life is in danger.

The decision to allow the child to abort was taken after a local court told doctors at the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences  in the town of Rohtak that it would accept their recommendation.



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