Guardian nod not needed for abortion of a retarded woman: SC

10-year-old rape survivor gives birth to baby girl at Chandigarh hospital

10-year-old rape survivor gives birth to baby girl at Chandigarh hospital

"[The] first verdict the Supreme Court made was that the pregnancy can not be terminated at this stage based on the opinions of the medical board", Srivastava said.

A child under 16 is raped every 155 minutes in India, according to Unicef statistics.

Dr Dasari Harish, who has been overseeing her care, said that she did not know she had delivered a child and that she had been admitted to hospital to have a stone in her stomach removed.

Indian law does not permit medical terminations after 20 weeks unless there is a threat to the mother's life. When she started complaining of stomach pain, her parents discovered that she was almost 30-week pregnant.

The victim came to know about her pregnancy during her medical examination early this year and it was then she chose to terminate it.

It was learnt that the victim was repeatedly raped by her uncle who got arrested after a complaint was filed against him.

Grace Mugabe seeks immunity in S Africa assault case
Amid confusion over the case and investigation, police say the abortive court hearing was meant to obtain a statement from Mugabe. Reports also indicate that she is still in South Africa despite earlier indications that she had returned to Zimbabwe .

"She was taken to hospital for medical treatment which confirms the sexual assault", said police sources.

"In the instant case, it is luminescent that the appellant has suffered grave injury to her mental health".

The family said they are anxious about societal pressure and stigma. He said it was a hard decision but concluded that the unborn baby is innocent just like the victim.

Noting that the crucial time got wasted as the woman had to fight a legal battle to seek permission to abort the foetus, the bench rapped the state government for opposing her plea in HC which refused to allow her to abort.

"We have so directed as we want that the money to be properly kept and appropriately utilised".

While setting aside the High Court order, the apex court said that it should have been more alive to the provisions of the Act and the necessity of consent only of the woman in the facts of the case. "The only way to terminate the pregnancy is to deliver the baby".

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