Indian Rape Victim Gives Birth
Indian rape victim, 10-years-old, safely gives birth to a baby girl. The young mother had her abortion request turned down by India’s Supreme Court. Dr Dasari Harish, told the AFP news agency, “She gave birth through C-section today. Both the girl and her baby are doing fine. The surgery was uneventful. There were no complications whatsoever. The baby weighed 22 kg (4.8 pounds although another report says the baby weighed 2.5kg, 5.5 pounds) and is in the neonatal ICU for now.”
It has been reported that the girl was raped a number of times by her uncle. He has been arrested. The girl alleges she has been raped many times, by her uncle, during the last seven months. Her pregnancy was not discovered until mid-July when she complained of a stomach ache. Her parents then took her to the hospital. A local court turned down the abortion please saying she was too far into her pregnancy after a doctors’ panel said that termination of the pregnancy would be “too risky.”
According to the “Press Trust of India,” the girl is unaware she has given birth. Her parents have told her recently that she had a large stone in her stomach. They told her the surgery was to remove the large stone.
The baby was born prematurely at 35 weeks. She will remain at the hospital for the next few days. She will be put up for adoption when she is stable. It was reported that the parents of the 10-year-old said from the beginning that they did not want to have anything to do with the baby. They did not even look at the newborn.
The young mother’s case has dominated headlines in India for the past several weeks. Officials have said it is the first-ever case of a child so young giving birth.