INDIA – 10-year-old girl delivered by caesarean section, and another case emerges

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INDIA – 10-year-old girl delivered by caesarean section, and another case emerges

by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion
Aug 22, 2017

The news travelled around the world: the child refused an abortion by both a district court in Chandigarh and the Supreme Court of India, in both cases on the grounds that abortion was too risky at 28 weeks and then again at 32 weeks, was delivered by c-section last week and will be kept in hospital for some 10 days. Although the hospital was reported to say that the child and the 2.2kg premature infant were both “doing fine”, the facts are other: The girl was put through major surgery. She was told a large stone had to be removed from her stomach. How will she feel when she is old enough to know better? Her abusive uncle is in prison. Her parents are shattered from the discovery of the abuse, the publicity the story generated and two failed court cases in which the girl’s interests were the least important item on the agenda and the facts about the safety of abortion at 28 weeks of pregnancy were absent.

The ink had barely dried on this case when another case emerged of a pregnant 12-year-old, also a victim of sexual abuse, also in the late second trimester of pregnancy, who was removed from her parents’ care on spurious grounds when she was first seen in the hospital. Thankfully, the Centre for Enquiry into Health and Allied Themes (CEHAT), who have a 24*7 support service for survivors of rape and sexual abuse, their families and doctors, were able to provide the necessary intervention so that her family got custody of their daughter back again. They will continue to help the girl and her family to cope up with whatever is in store for her. Her situation is uncertain, however. It has so far proved impossible to find a second obstetrician-gynaecologist willing to come forward to authorise/do an abortion on the grounds of serious risk to the girl’s mental health following rape, which is clearly permitted under the 1971 MTP Act.

Last week, however, for the first  time in India, a survivor of rape in Bihar was awarded compensation by the Supreme Court of 600,000 Rs (about US$ 10,600) for the delay in providing her with an abortion. The woman, aged 35, was 26 weeks pregnant. The High Court had called for a medical board to be constituted, to decide if she had a right to an abortion, leading to significant delay. The Supreme Court said the High Court failed to adhere to the stipulation in the MTP Act that abortion can be provided in the case of an allegation of rape. Thus, the Bihar case provides a judgment that advocates think can be built on.

The statistics on the scale of sexual abuse of children in India speak for themselves. The BBC reports that according to UNICEF and Indian government data:

> A child under 16 is raped every 155 minutes, a child under 10 every 13 hours

> More than 10,000 children were raped in 2015

> 240 million women living in India were married before they turned 18

> 53.22% of children who participated in a government study reported some form of sexual abuse

> 50% of abusers are known to the child or are “persons in trust and care-givers”.

SOURCES: BBC, 17 August 2017 ; LiveLaw India, by Apoorva Mandhani, 17 August 2017 ; E-mail from Padma Deosthali, CEHAT, 21 August 2017 ; PHOTO

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Source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/india-10-year-old-girl-delivered-by-caesarean-section-and-another-case-emerges/

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India: More abortions reported in Indore than ever before

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More abortions reported in Indore than ever before
Sagar Choukse | TNN | Aug 20, 2017

INDORE: The district has witnessed an increase in number of reported abortions in the last few years due to online reporting and strict monitoring under Pre'conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PCPNNT) Act.

"According to official records of the health department, around 450 cases of medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) are being reported every month while about 250 abortions are being reported due to other reasons," in-charge officer Dr Asha Pandit said.

Continued at source: Times of India: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/city/indore/more-abortions-reported-in-indore-than-ever-before/articleshow/60148475.cms

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Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

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Indian rape victim, 10, gives birth by Caesarean section

17 August 2017

A 10-year-old rape victim who was denied permission for an abortion by the Indian Supreme Court last month has given birth to a baby girl.

The girl is not aware that she has given birth. During her pregnancy she was told her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach.

Continued at source: BBC: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-40961137

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10-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after a court denies her request for an abortion

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10-year-old Indian rape victim gives birth after a court denies her request for an abortion

By Derek Hawkins
August 17, 2017

India is home to the world’s largest population of sexually abused children, according to the BBC. (Kevin Frayer/AP)

A 10-year-old Indian girl whose parents say she was raped and impregnated by her uncle has reportedly given birth after a court rejected her request for an abortion last month.

Doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital in the northern city of Chandigarh delivered a baby girl through a Caesarean section Thursday morning, the Indian Express and the BBC reported.

Continued at link: Washington Post: https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/morning-mix/wp/2017/08/17/10-year-old-indian-rape-victim-gives-birth-after-a-court-denies-her-an-abortion/

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India: Right to Safe Abortion

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Right to Safe Abortion

Suchitra Dalvie is Coordinator, The Asia Safe Abortion Partnership.
Aug 15, 2017

The case of the 10 year old victim of rape who is pregnant and awaiting delivery after being denied permission to abort by the courts is an urgent indication that all stakeholders must come together and find a solution for unwanted pregnancies which present after 20 weeks.

Even as the 10-year old pregnant girl whose case has been widely reported in the media awaits deli­very in a hospital in Chandigarh, a 12-year old girl in Mumbai has been found to be 27 weeks pregnant. Both are victims of rape by men known to their families. The first was assaulted over seven months by her uncle while in the latter’s case it was a man who worked with her father and rented a room from the family.

Continued at source: Economic and Political Weekly: http://www.epw.in/journal/2017/32/web-exclusives/right-safe-abortion.html

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India: Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious

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Negligent Kerala doctor allegedly prescribes abortion ‘by mistake’: Pregnant woman furious
Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed.

TNM Staff
Monday, August 14, 2017

Pratibha is two-months pregnant, and on August 11, she went into the Karunagapally Taluk hospital in Kerala for a routine check-up. She was a little surprised when the doctor - Dr Shiny - wrote her a prescription, and asked her to change into a lungi and a T-shirt and go into the labour room.

Doubtful about what was happening, Pratibha asked the nurses in the labour room as to what she was prescribed. And to her shock, the nurses reportedly told her that it was an abortion pill - although she hadn’t requested an abortion at all.

Continued at source: The News Minute: http://www.thenewsminute.com/article/negligent-kerala-doctor-allegedly-prescribes-abortion-mistake-pregnant-woman-furious-66787

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India: Hyderabad: Engineering student dies after botched abortion

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Hyderabad: Engineering student dies after botched abortion

The police were trying to find out if the hospital violated the guidelines by the Indian Medical Council and District Medical and Health Officer for abortions.

IANS| Last Updated: Monday, August 7, 2017

Hyderabad: An engineering student died of botched abortion at a private maternity hospital in Hyderabad`s Vansthalipuram area on Monday, police said.

The 21-year-old died of excessive bleeding. As her condition was deteriorating, the maternity hospital staff shifted her to another private hospital, where she was declared brought dead.

Continued at source: Zee News: http://zeenews.india.com/india/hyderabad-engineering-student-dies-after-botched-abortion-2030830.html?pfrom=article-next-story

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India: Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned

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Denying child rape victims permission for abortion condemned
C. Maya
Thiruvananthapuram, August 05, 2017

A collective feels it is tantamount to obfuscation of abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays

A collective of public health experts, lawyers, and human rights activists have expressed serious concern over courts repeatedly refusing permission to child rape survivors to undergo abortion and thus forcing the children to carry their unwanted pregnancy to term.

The intervention of courts and the ad hoc medical opinion they receive in such matters tantamount to obfuscating of existing abortion laws, causing undesirable and damaging delays in these cases.

Continued at source: The Hindu: http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/kerala/denying-child-rape-victims-permission-for-abortion-condemned/article19436166.ece

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India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury

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India – Sexual abuse of girls followed by refusal of abortion: adding insult to injury
Aug 4, 2017
by International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion

On 28 July, the case of a 10-year-old girl who became pregnant after being sexual abused by her uncle hit the news in India. According to reports, the family approached the district court in Chandigarh for permission for the child to have an abortion in the first part of July. It took until 15 July for the judge to order a medical board to examine the girl and submit a report on the feasibility of an abortion. Yet the feasibility of an abortion should never have been in question.

To make matters worse, the response of the medical board was clinically inaccurate and in some remarks seemed to be anti-abortion. They made doing an abortion appear to be more dangerous than if the child carried the pregnancy to term. And it led the judge, who seemed not to know better, to refuse the abortion.

Continued at source: International Campaign for Women's Right to Safe Abortion: http://www.safeabortionwomensright.org/india-sexual-abuse-of-girls-followed-by-refusal-of-abortion/

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Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?

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Why Is India’s Abortion Law Failing Its Women On So Many Fronts?
The 46-year-old law is among the most liberal in the world, but that's cold comfort to women facing life-or-death situations.

August 4, 2017
Sonali Kokra, Lifestyle Editor

As a 10-year-old little girl, 32 weeks pregnant with her alleged rapist's child, prepares to deliver the baby in Chandigarh, little does she know that her tragic circumstances have rekindled the longstanding abortion debate in the country.

Last week, the Supreme Court, on the recommendations of a medical board set up to examine her for the feasibility of abortion, denied her plea to terminate the pregnancy. Close on her heels was the case of another victim, a 14-year-old mother from UP who made headlines this week when news broke that extreme poverty forced her to marry the man who admitted to raping her just so she could feed the child born out of her abuse.

Continued at source: Huffington Post: http://www.huffingtonpost.in/2017/08/04/why-is-india-s-abortion-law-failing-its-women-on-so-many-fronts_a_23063014/

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