India allows abortion for 10-year-old rape victim

NEW DELHI: A 10-year-old girl who was raped will be allowed to have an abortion even though she has crossed the 20-week limit for terminations in India, police in the country said Wednesday, reports BSS.
The child has said she was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, who has since been arrested. Her case only came to light last week, by which time she had crossed the 20-week legal limit after which terminations are only allowed where there is a danger to the life of the mother or the baby.
“The court had asked the medical board to take a call and doctors have decided to go ahead with the abortion,” Garima Devi, the police investigation officer assigned to the case, told AFP. “The board has not said when they are planning it (abortion) but it will be any time soon.”
In recent months India’s top court has received a number of petitions from women — including rape survivors and trafficking victims – seeking abortions where pregnancies had gone beyond 20 weeks. Activists say the restriction should be extended to 24 weeks as victims of rape are often late to report their pregnancies