Allow Abortion for 10-Year-Old Rape Victim

Target: Jagdish Singh Khehar, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, India

Goal: Do not deny a 10-year-old girl, allegedly raped multiple times by her uncle, her request for an abortion.

A 10-year-old rape victim’s plea for an abortion was rejected by the Supreme Court of India. The law in India forbids abortions after 20 weeks unless doctors determine that the mother’s life is in danger, but in many cases—including this one—women may not be aware of a pregnancy by that time. The young girl, who was allegedly raped more than once by her uncle, was told by the court that she was too far into the pregnancy at 32 weeks for it to be terminated.

She learned of the pregnancy two weeks before the ruling, when her parents took her to the hospital for stomach pain. Judges ruled that terminating the pregnancy is “not good for the girl,” despite the public interest petition filed by lawyer Alakh Alok Srivastava stating, “Medical experts have categorically opined that if the 10-year-old is forced to give birth, either through normal delivery or even through caesarean section, it may be fatal to the life of the rape survivor as well as to her child.” Because she is so young, her pelvic bones are not fully developed, and forcing her to carry out this pregnancy puts her at very serious risk.

Sign below to demand that the court stop endangering this young girl and allow her to have an abortion.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Chief Justice Khehar,

The decision not to allow a 10-year-old rape survivor to have an abortion not only violates her rights and continues to deprive her of her childhood, it also puts her life at risk. The girl was allegedly raped multiple times by her uncle, who has since been arrested.

The court determined that termination would be “too risky,” but because the girl is so young and her body not yet fully developed, both her life and the life of the fetus are endangered by forcing her to go through with the pregnancy. I urge you to reverse this decision and allow an abortion for this 10-year-old girl.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Mohit Singh

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24 Comments

  1. Czerny A. says:

    Get this child out of India, the rape capitol of the world, and do what needs to be done so that she can salvage what normality that’s left of her life.

  2. This is absolutely revolting!! How dare some narrow-minded judge decide that a ten year old can’t have an abortion after being raped by her sicko uncle! The judge probably rapes little girls himself! Someone get her out of there and take her somewhere where she can have her abortion and then lead as normal a life as the poor little thing can.

    • What is revolting is that SO many people commenting either didn’t read that the baby is near full term, or just don’t care!! It would be BARBARIC to slaughter, NOT abort, SLAUGHTER a fully developed baby!! Guess you’ve never read how it’s done!?! The young mother, although tragic, will suffer no more having a c-section than she would enduring brutal process to end to her babies life, who is ALSO a victim mind you! The baby can then be put up for adoption, and when the young girl is a grown adult, and realizes the MAGNITUDE of ending an unborn babies life, she won’t be have to endure the added guilt, and pain for killing her fully developed baby, despite awful circumstances in which he or she was conceived!

  3. Jeannette Allan says:

    This is an outrage .. pressure should be applied to changing the judicial system of a country where this kind of atrocity is allowed. There has been too much of this kind of vile behaviour happening in that part of the world. There should and must be global condemnation of this degrading treatment of girls, and women.

  4. Wait a minute – she is EIGHT MONTHS PREGNANT. The argument is that if she gives birth through natural means or C-section, it’s possibly FATAL to her and the baby (and isn’t abortion fatal to the baby in all cases anyways?). At eight months into a pregnancy, a month away from giving birth, how exactly do they think they’d perform an abortion with C-section off the table? This petition is backwards and should instead be a plea to convict the uncle of rape of a minor. And how on earth would a child’s parents not notice their 10 year old daughter is almost full term with a pregnancy? Am I reading this correctly??

    • I agree with you and Maria. They also ignore the fact that there are risks for her having an abortion, as there are many possible complications, including death for the mother. At 8 months, the risks are high.
      As well, I wonder along with you how a pregnancy in a 10 year old child was not apparently noticed till she was about 7 months along.

    • Shelley, you are ABSOLUTELY CORRECT!!! Sure this is a VERY sad circumstance, but to literally SLAUGHTER an innocent baby who is near full term is just barbaric, it’s TOO LATE!!! The baby has a right to life, and can be adopted. The young victim can in time recover from this entire tragedy with the right help, and I GUARANTEE you the long term trauma will be less for her than it would be when it sinks in later that she aborted (killed) her baby despite the reasons why. As far as the disgusting pig of an uncle goes, I vote for public stringing up, cut off his parts, and force feed them to him until he chokes to death!!!

  5. Maria Veleva says:

    Not signing. The child should not be forced to go full term with pregnancy, this is absurd, but a labour could be induced asap, or the baby could be delivered through c- section, it is big enough and will most likely survive without harm if there is proper care in hospital. This in my opinion gives best chance to the girl and the baby to survive. Both the child and the baby should be given for adoption to more responsible parents, and the uncle, dead penalty isn’t enough!! I don’t know what should be done with him, because no penalty can match this crime!!

  6. I DONT BELEIVE IN ABORTION BUT THIS IS A 10 YEAR OLD LITTLE GIRL, HER BODY AND HER MIND CANNOT COPE WITH A PREGNANCY AND A BABY TO LOOK AFTER, SHE IS A CHILD HER SELF, DO NOT ALLOW HER TO GO THROUGH THIS, IT IS BAD ENOUGH SHE WAS RAPED, NOW SHE HAS TO HAVE HIS BABY AT 10 YEARS OLD THIS IS CRIME APOND CRIME, THE PAPIST COMITED A CRIME AND NOW THE JUDGE IS PROLONGING THAT CRIME BY MAKING HER GO THROUGH WITH THE PREGNANCY, THERE IS A REASON WHERE ABORTION IS THE ONLY AND RIGHT THING TO DO.

    • Oh Carole, you’re concerned her body & mind can’t cope with pregnancy at 10, it’s BEEN coping for 8 months!!! She’s close to delivering, and aborting a fully developed baby would be a brutal slaughter, it’s TOO LATE!!! She will suffer less going through a very routine c-section where they BOTH live than she would enduring BRUTAL process of dismembering her FULLY developed innocent child, who is ALSO a victim here, and stabbing it in the back of that head, THAT REALITY will haunt her more later in life, than letting the baby live, and be adopted!!

  7. Anjum Chugtai says:

    The prolife gang is a very confused lot. An egg cell is life, a sperm cell is life. If they were dead, conception wouldn’t occur. So the argument that conception is life is flawed. Life began with a matured egg and millions of sperm cells that die anyways. Conception is stage two, not stage one. Here is a case of an unconsenting minor who has faced severe trauma and now possible death if the law doesn’t update itself to medical knowledge and remains entangled in archaic limited intelligence of flawed scriptures. Laws have to move with knowledge, let religion remain stuck in a time warp if it chooses to. What are we trying? Let a 10 yr old have a baby first at the risk of dying herself. Then expect all will go well despite the medical fraternity’s apprehension. Then make the 10 yr old live with a live baby as a constant reminder of a trauma of rape, assault on freewill, her rights on mature consent, choice of a mate. Reminder of a crime to last her a life time, visible before her eyes? Are we trying to compare the emotions of a biological adult with that of an unborn child and talking of our preferences, not that of the traumatised mother?

    • Righteous & dramatic much?? The baby is nearly full term, guess you didn’t read that part, or just don’t care!! It would be BARBARIC to SLAUGHTER a fully developed baby!! The young mother will not suffer anymore trauma having a c-section where the baby could live than she would enduring a brutal late stage abortion!! AND no one said she had to keep the baby, it can be put up for adoption! Her long term trauma will only be heightened later when the guilt of slaughtering her baby sets in, DESPITE the horrible circumstances of how it was conceived, ESPECIALLY when she eventually has children by choice, who will always remind her of what she went through, and the reality of what was done to her first child.

  8. Margaret Melnick says:

    They bring all sorts of so called refugee to the US and Canada. This child is one who is truly in need of protection and should be brought to a Country who can end this forced pregnancy. At 10 yrs old she needs to be protected and this child molesting Uncle of hers needs to be hung by his penis till dead.

    • Margaret, I guess you didn’t read the part where she is almost full term?? So, you’re OK with brutally slaughtering a fully developed baby??? Unreal!!

  9. Olga Troyan says:

    What, 32 weeks!? It’s 7,5 months, abortion at this term IS too risky. How come her pregnancy was determined so late? Not signing.

  10. Olga Troyan says:

    Also, rather than demanding to murder a child who is about to be delivered, you’d better think about ways to save both the child and the mother.

  11. Olga Troyan says:

    You DO realize that at this term the child is pretty much fully developed, right? During abortion, it WILL feel being torn apart. If you realize this and still demand the abortion, you are monsters.

  12. Varun Deshpande says:

    With abortion at this time, it is even more dangerous for girl’s health.

    With the delivery, there are more chances of her survival.

  13. Medically speaking abortion is probably indicted due to such a young age and risk of complication to the mother and fetus. Economically she will likely be disadvantaged for life.
    Psychosocially she will probably be an outcast.
    Environmentally, there’s more than enough people on this planet.
    Based on the all the reasons above, abortion is beneficial.

    • OMG, are you for real??? Risk of complications to mother AND fetus?? You DO realize abortion means DEATH to the “fetus”, don’t you?? AND it’s almost full term for God’s sake, can you even FATHOM the suffering that “fetus” would endure while they ripped it’s fully developed body apart, and stabbed it in the back of it’s head??
      And economics do NOT justify a brutal SLAUGHTER of an innocent baby who ALSO did not ask to be conceived, and is ALSO a VICTIM who DESERVES protection!!
      And do you REALLY BELIEVE the ONLY thing to spare her being an OUTCAST is to slaughter her baby, being raped I guess has no negative impact?? And who cares if she’s an out cast,she will find out who her REAL friends, and true family are!!
      And are you REALLY going to bring up over population as a justification to SLAUGHTER an innocent, unborn baby?? OMG, you need to do some SERIOUS soul searching!!!!

  14. Lisa Zarafonetis Lisa Zarafonetis says:

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