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.


From ‘minga’ to ‘Maga’ — how the UN heard two world views

US President Donald Trump during a working luncheon hosted by the UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres, front, at the United Nations in New York Tuesday. (AFP)
Updated 38 min 49 sec ago
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From ‘minga’ to ‘Maga’ — how the UN heard two world views

  • Trump had his own ideas for solving those very same problems, but they owed little to the minga philosophy

NEW YORK: The president of the United Nations General Assembly, Maria Espinosa, introduced the concept of “minga” to the packed audience at the organization’s HQ on East 44th Street in New York; but an hour later President Donald Trump had reasserted his own view of the world, under the “Maga” banner.
Opening the first day of the UN general debate — the centerpiece of the organization’s annual get together — Espinosa, from Ecuador, explained that minga was a principle by which the people of the Andes lived their lives. Its main tenet was the principle of living and working together in harmony for the betterment of all — an idea sure to win approval at the UN.
With minga the world could solve the big issues it faces, from gender inequality through the environment down to peace and security.
Trump had his own ideas for solving those very same problems, but they owed little to the minga philosophy. Instead, he saw the world through the prism of “strong independent nations” which together would advance the state of mankind.
And, as he made clear, the US was the leader of this band of nation, so his oft-declared amibition of “making America great again” (Maga) would bring the rest of the world along with it to greatness.
“Inside everyone listening here today is the heart of a patriot, filled with the passion that inspired reform and revolutions, economic good, technological progress and works of art. Sovereign independent nations are the only vehicles where freedom, democracy and peace have been enhanced. So we have to protect them,” the president explained.
Not everyone in the audience agreed with Trump’s unilateral view of the world, nor with America’s perceived role in it.
Before he had taken the podium — in presidential dark grey suit, white shirt and long red tie — the two previous speakers had stressed the traditional UN values of collectivism and multilateralism, and received warm applause from the delegates for doing so.
Two South American leaders, President Michel Timer of Brazil and President Lenin Moreno of Ecuador, both talked about the challenges of multilateralism, and obliquely criticized the US over its long-running embargo of Cuba, as well as what they said was the role of American banks in dominating their economies, to the detriment of their people.
The UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, said that multilateralism was “under fire exactly when we need it the most, and, in contrast to Trump’s later comments about trade deficits, explained that what the world was really suffering from was a “trust deficit”, which could sink the international order in a bloody quagmire similar to the First World War.
President Trump made light of such dire warnings. In fact, he was adamant that the future was good, with a booming US economy, strong stock markets, full employment, tax reform and increased see spending on the US military.
“In the two years of my presidency, we have seen more progress that almost any other administration in the history of this country,” he said. The delegates murmured in response.