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10-year-old rape victim delivers baby, put under observation

A 10-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped repeatedly by her uncle, delivered a girl child at a local government hospital here on Thursday, said a senior doctor.

Dr. Dasari Harish, chairperson of the committee that was constituted for the care of the rape victim, told The Hindu, “A baby girl was delivered through a C-section on Thursday morning. The surgery began at 9 a.m. and was over by 10.45 a.m. The surgery was uneventful though it was a high risk pregnancy,” said Dr. Harish.

“The newborn girl child is stable but under observation at the neo-natal ICU as she is slightly underweight at 2.2 kg. The mother is stable,” he added.

The Supreme Court had on July 28 turned down the rape victim’s abortion plea; at the time, she was 32 weeks pregnant.

Her pregnancy was discovered when she complained of a stomach ache last month and was taken to the hospital, where it was found that she was around 30 weeks pregnant.

On the request of the parents, the victim has not been told about the delivery of the child.

Her father has urged the hospital management to hand over the baby for adoption.

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