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10 year-old Indian Rape Victim, Gives Birth Through Caesarean Section

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The 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 as she was told during the pregnancy that her bulge was because she had a big stone in her stomach.

The baby weighing 2.5kg (5.5lb) was delivered by Caesarean section in Chandigarh at 09:22 (04:52 Nigerian time).An official told the BBC that both the mother and the newborn are doing fine.

The girl alleges that she was raped several times in the past seven months by her uncle, who has been arrested.

Her pregnancy was discovered in mid-July when she complained of stomach ache and her parents took her to hospital.

A local court in Chandigarh turned down the abortion plea on the grounds that she was too far into her pregnancy after a doctors' panel said that termination of the pregnancy would be "too risky". Later, the Supreme Court also refused to allow an abortion for her on similar grounds.

According to the BBC, the baby who was born prematurely at 35 weeks has been placed in the neo-natal intensive care unit of the hospital where she will remain for the next few days.

The parents of the 10-year-old girl, who said from the beginning that they did not want to have anything to do with the baby, did not even look at the newborn.

An official said the infant will be looked after by the child welfare committee until she is put up for adoption.

The girl who gave birth is expected to remain in hospital for up to 10 days.

Indian law does not allow terminations after 20 weeks unless doctors certify that the mother's life is in danger.

But in recent years, the courts have received several petitions, many from child rape survivors, seeking to terminate pregnancies after 20 weeks. In most cases, these pregnancies are discovered late because the children themselves are not aware of their condition.

Child welfare activists who interact with the 10-year-old on a regular basis say that is precisely what happened with her - the girl is very innocent and had no idea what had happened to her.


Her parents also missed the telltale signs of her pregnancy perhaps because she's "a healthy, chubby child". Besides, they couldn't imagine that their daughter could be pregnant at 10.

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