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

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

She was raped several times by her uncle, who has since been arrested. "Her pelvic bones are not strong enough to push the baby and she doesn't have the stamina to bear labour pain", a doctor told Hindustan Times.

"Neither the girl nor her family even saw the child", said Dr. Dasari Harish, head of the team that performed the surgery, adding that the family wanted nothing to do with the newborn.

Her parents asked Indian courts to allow her to have a late-term abortion, but that request was denied. The crime came to light when the girl was taken to hospital complaining of stomachache last month, and was found to be over 20 weeks into the pregnancy. The victim's counsel had earlier told the court that she deserved compensation from the government as she had gone to Patna Medical College and Hospital to get her pregnancy terminated in the 17th week. The apex court has held that the fundamental concept relating to a woman's "bodily integrity" and "personal autonomy" have to be given due respect.

"She's very innocent and has no idea what's happened to her", a source who regularly interacts with the girl told the BBC.

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The girl also recorded her statement before a magistrate and a case of kidnapping, wrongful restraint and rape has been registered.

The family, did not approach the authorities about the girl's pregnancy until the 26th or 27th week, said Alakh Alok Srivastava, a lawyer who represented the girl's family, to CNN in a previous interview. The baby will be kept at the state adoption agency, Aashiana for two months and then the agency will begin the adoption process for her.

Under India's Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, the country doesn't allow abortion after more than 20 weeks of pregnancy, unless they receive permission from the courts. In that case, the girl's stepfather allegedly raped her. The victim was allegedly raped on knife point after which the accused fled the spot.

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