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Doctors allow 10-year-old Rohtak girl to undergo abortion; was repeatedly raped by stepfather
A panel of doctors from the Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS), after examining the victim and reaching the conclusion that she was "20 weeks plus or minus 2 weeks" pregnant, have decided to abort the fetus of the 10-year-old.

The victim, a girl from Rohtak, Haryana had been repeatedly raped by her stepfather.

According to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, abortion cannot be performed if the pregnancy is of 20 weeks or more. But, in this particular case, the doctors were of the opinion that since the girl was too young to bear a child, going for a full-term pregnancy could put her life at graver risk. So, on humanitarian grounds, they decided to go for aborting the fetus.

Prashant Kumar, Director of PGIMS, Rohtak, said,"The board has decided to go with the abortion. This decision is in the best interest of the child (a 10-year-old girl)."

The doctors took the decision on Tuesday after a local court gave them only two options of either considering the age of the fetus to be less than 20 weeks and going ahead with the abortion or waiting for the pregnancy to get completed if the fetus had crossed the 20 week cap.

This shocking incident came to light on Sunday when the girl's mother, who works as a domestic help, took the her to a doctor who confirmed her pregnancy. Later, the victim revealed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather regularly while her mother was away for work.

The family though hailing from Bihar, had been living in Rohtak for the past five years. The victim is second of the four children of the mother, who had married her ex-husband's younger brother after his death.

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