Supreme Court refuses 10-year-old an abortion, citing advanced pregnancy

Chandigargh : A 10-year-old girl, whose case shocked the State, following news of her pregnancy after being repeatedly raped by a relative, has been denied abortion on grounds that the foetus is doing well and is 32 weeks old.

The ruling has disappointed the girl’s family who says the happy child who smiles easily, has no idea of what has happened to her.

A petition had been filed on her behalf to allow abortion.

Law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors certify that the mother’s life is in danger.

The relative responsible for the rape is lodged in jail, pending trial

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