Indian court rejects abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

BBC:-India’s Supreme Court has refused to allow an abortion for a 10-year-old girl allegedly raped by her uncle on the grounds that she is too far into her pregnancy.

A doctors’ panel told the court that, at 32 weeks, termination of the pregnancy would be “too risky”.

Her pregnancy was discovered two weeks ago when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital.

A lower court had earlier turned down her plea on similar grounds.

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

The tough law against abortion was introduced in 1971 to prevent illegal and unsafe abortions and curb maternal mortality.

The restrictions remain an important weapon in India’s fight against a skewed gender ratio which has resulted from a deep-seated cultural preference for sons.

Millions of female foetuses have been aborted over the years by pregnant women after undergoing foetal gender testing.


  1. Jabal
    July 28, 2017 at 9:10 am

    What the Devil!!!!!!
    Poor child!!!!!

  2. Anonymous
    July 28, 2017 at 9:27 am

    India has pretty good laws concerning abortion/medical termination of pregnancy unlike the likes of St. Lucia and some other Caribbean islands. A 32 week fetus is pretty viable and yes, India has good neonatal intensive care units. So at this point, it’s not even abortion anymore. Just preterm delivery. In such a case, adoption would be the best bet. So cannot blame the Supreme Court for their decision.

  3. Khayti
    July 29, 2017 at 7:18 am

    True at 32 weeks this is al ready a life and it is wrong to take away a life. I guess if she is able and her life is not in danger she is healthy enough she will be able to carry to term. She may not be allowed to birth the child naturally or she might but that is a horrible ordeal for a ten year old. On the other hand I can’t wrap my head around the fact that a ten year old becomes pregnant especially by way of incest and the parents did not know until 32 weeks after. And what has become of the immoral son of a goat who did the deed? With all of their wonderful laws, it seems that it is always open season for men to abuse females in India. Smh. Yes, save the life of the baby but what if such a young child? That is very traumatic. Where are the Las against the abuse of chiLoren in India?or do these laws apply only to a select few? Smh