Mungeli. The Rape case of a Dalit girl has taken an unfortunate turn. The eight-year-old girl is pregnant, but the hospital authorities have refused to perform an abortion. The girl was abducted and raped by her uncle. The police are also trying to ascertain her age and whether she was raped and abused before this incident.
The age of the survivor is critical for the investigation; therefore, the police brought her to Mungeli District Hospital. But the doctors at the hospital refused to perform the examination and referred her to CIMS. The Sargaon Police team then reached CIMS for assessment of the survivor's age, but again they were turned away by the CIMS hospital, due to some technical excuse. After local media reported on the case, the doctors, under pressure, agreed for an examination. The medical exam revealed that the assault-survivor was two-months pregnant, which now makes abortion a necessity. But the CMHO of Mungeli District Hospital flatly refused to abort the baby, asking for a court order. Even after getting the orders, doctors are saying that aborting the baby in Mungeli District Hospital would be extremely risky. Shockingly, this is the same district of which the Health Minister himself is in charge, and the district hospital is very ill-equipped.
Additionally, the girl is two months pregnant, but her uncle reportedly raped her on October 20; thus, there is a possibility of another suspect. Given the survivor's condition, speed and decisive action are of utmost importance.