Police in India are investigating a series of horrific abuse allegations against a woman who allegedly helped two men rape her daughter and then forced her to abort her unborn baby.
The Times of India reports the alleged abuses came to light after the 16-year-old girl told her grandfather that she had been raped, and the grandfather contacted authorities. Names are not used in the report.
Police said they arrested the girl’s mother and her two male friends on Tuesday in the Ludhiana district in India.
According to their investigation, the mother allegedly drugged her teenage daughter and then allowed two male friends to rape her repeatedly. Police said the abuse occurred over a five-month span.
As often happens in such cases, when they discovered the girl was pregnant, they allegedly forced her to abort her unborn child, according to the report.
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“Her medical examination showed that her three-month-old foetus had been aborted,” investigating officer Randhir Singh told the news outlet. “We sought the accused’s police remand to find out when and where they made her undergo abortion. Legal action will be taken against the hospital authorities as well.”
Here’s more from the report:
The woman’s father, who is the complainant in the case, told police that on Monday night he received a call from his granddaughter. “She told me how her mother drugged her and locked her in the house with the two men, who took turns to rape her. Her mother did this to take revenge from her husband and me as we are against her relationship with a villager,” he added.
The complainant said after receiving his granddaughter’s call, he immediately rushed to her house and informed the police.
Rape and abortion often are connected, though not in the way people often think. Abusers frequently manipulate, pressure or force their victims to abort their unborn babies to cover up their crimes. As a result, unborn babies often are second victims in sexual abuse cases.
In 2015, for example, Life Dynamics discovered that a California man convicted of sexually abusing two of his daughters had taken one to Planned Parenthood for two abortions. She was just 13 years old at the time, and the abortion chain did not report the suspected abuse to authorities, according to the pro-life group.
Last year, LifeNews reported that a Texas teacher accused of having sex with a 13-year-old student also allegedly aborted her unborn baby to cover up the abuse. She pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in November.
Planned Parenthood and other abortion clinics have come under fire countless times for not reporting cases of suspected statutory rape to authorities as required by the law. In September 2015, Alliance Defending Freedom released a report detailing multiple instances of Planned Parenthood performing abortions on sexually abused minors and failing to report them to authorities. Affiliates of Planned Parenthood Federation of America instead accepted money for the abortions and allowed the rapists to roam free without any notification to the proper authorities.