Another teacher in India has been accused of raping a student and then forcing her to abort her unborn baby.
A Punjabi teacher is facing charges after he allegedly raped a female student and then obtained abortion pills from his wife, a nurse, to force the girl to have an abortion, the Hindustan Times reports.
The accused, who is not named in reports, appeared before Judicial Magistrate Shaminder Singh on Thursday for police remand, according to the report.
The teacher’s wife also appeared in court and confessed to giving abortion drugs to the victim, the report states.
This case comes after another very similar accusation earlier this year at a secondary government school in Tehsil Raikot, India. In early February, authorities said they were investigating an audio recording of two teachers who allegedly raped a student and planned to force her to abort her unborn baby, The Times of India reports.
Sexual abuse of women and girls, coupled with forced abortions, has become a national crisis in India. In 2015, approximately 20,000 cases of sexual assaults were reported, according to government data reported by AFP.
Some girls as young as 10 have been raped and then pressured to abort their unborn babies. In some cases, the young girls’ lives were put at risk when their parents requested that they have late-term abortions past the country’s 20-week abortion limit.
In September, the Indian Supreme Court gave a 13-year-old girl permission to abort her unborn baby at 32 weeks; however, the girl gave birth to a live baby. The baby boy died two days later.
In May 2017, the high court also granted permission for a 10-year-old rape victim to have a late-term abortion when she was about 20 weeks pregnant. In that case, the girl’s stepfather allegedly raped her.
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Forced and coerced abortions are a problem in the United States, as well as India. Often in cases of sexual abuse and sex trafficking, victims are forced to abort their unborn babies by their abusers. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that as many as 64 percent of post-abortive women say they felt pressured to have an abortion.