India: 10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can’t Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

10-Year-Old Rape Survivor Can't Have Abortion, Says Supreme Court

Reported by A Vaidyanathan, Edited by Shuchi Shukla | Updated: Jul 28, 2017 16:28 IST

New Delhi: A 10-year-old raped by her uncle will not be allowed to have an abortion, the Supreme Court ruled today, rejecting the petition by a Supreme Court lawyer. The court said it was basing its decision on the assessment of doctors who said that a medical termination was not safe either for the girl or the foetus. She is 32 weeks pregnant.

The court had earlier this week asked doctors at Chandigarh's PGI to examine the girl to see if an abortion was safe. It has today ordered that proper medical care be provided to the girl child.