Family of girl, 13, forced to go to court to seek abortion after being ‘raped by father’s colleague’

Protesters at a previous demonstration against attacks on women in India (Shutterstock)
Updated 28 August 2017
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Family of girl, 13, forced to go to court to seek abortion after being ‘raped by father’s colleague’

DUBAI: The family of a 13-year-old girl, who claims she was raped by her father’s colleague, has had to endure a court battle for their daughter to be allowed to terminate her pregnancy.
Her pregnancy was only discovered after her parents sought medical treatment for her, thinking she was obese and now 30 weeks pregnant, the Mumbai girl needs the permission of the Supreme Court to undergo an abortion, as Indian law only allows terminations after 20 weeks when the mother’s life is in danger.
The alleged rapist has been arrested.
Dr. Nikhil Datar, Mumbai-based gynecologist told the BBC: “(The girl’s parents) suspected she had a thyroid problem or some other medical condition because she was gaining weight… The scan showed that she was 27 weeks pregnant so I informed the police.”
The doctor recommended the abortion because the girl’s pelvis is not fully developed and giving birth would cause her “physical and mental trauma.”
This is the second such case in India in the last two months. A 10-year-old girl, who was repeatedly raped by her uncle, gave birth to a child earlier this month.
In that case India’s Supreme Court rejected pleas for an abortion because it was deemed to not be in the interest “of the child or the live fetus.”
The baby was delivered by C-section according to local reports, the girl unaware that she was about to have a baby, but instead told she needed surgery to remove a stone from her stomach.
The 10-year-old’s father has requested the child be put up for adoption.
Her parents discovered she was pregnant when she said she had stomach pains.
She later told her mother that she had been raped by her maternal uncle six times when he visited their home.
In her case the Chief Justice J S Khehar-headed bench rejected the girl’s plea that she faced a “grave threat” to her life.


Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

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Algerian PM calls on President Bouteflika to seek 5th term

  • Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
  • He has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.

ALGIERS: Algeria’s prime minister has called on President Abdelaziz Bouteflika to seek a fifth term in April 2019, despite his age and partial paralysis.
Bouteflika, who uses a wheelchair, hasn’t yet made known if he’ll run next year, by which time he’ll be 82.
Ahmed Ouyahia said Thursday at the opening of his party’s national council that Bouteflika twice saved the North African nation, with his policy of reconciliation that allowed extremist insurgents who nearly brought down the state in the 1990s to rejoin civilian life and by protecting Algeria against the Arab Spring chaos that toppled leaders in Tunisia and Libya.
Ouyahia heads the National Democratic Rally, the No. 2 force in the governing coalition after the FLN, whose chief last October also called for Bouteflika to run.

Bouteflika, head of the ruling National Liberation Front (FLN), has led Algeria since 1999 and won a fourth term in 2014 despite suffering a stroke the previous year.
The president made two rare public appearances in a wheelchair in April and May, at the inauguration of a mosque and for the extension of the Algiers metro.
In late May, a group of academics and political figures urged him not to seek a fifth mandate, citing his "advanced age" and "dramatic state of health", and warning against "unhealthy forces" trying to convince him to stand.