The Indian news media is reporting an incredibly disturbing case of abuse and violence against a young rape victim and her unborn baby.
Police in the Satna district of Madhya Pradesh said a young woman walked into their station Friday carrying her aborted baby in her bag, according to India.com. The young woman told police that she had been raped repeatedly and then forced to abort her unborn child.
Police said they are investigating.
Here’s more from the report:
Meanwhile, several reports claim that the victim is a 16-year-old Dalit girl. The Class X student in her complaint has claimed that she was raped on knife-point seven months back and repeatedly after that.
Adding further, the victim said that she and her mother were waylaid by the rapist and his aides while on the way towards hospital on Wednesday. She asserted that the accused took her, along with her mother, to a doctor’s house and got the foetus aborted by force.
The girl even accused the doctor of putting the foetus in a bag and asking her to throw into a nullah [ravine]. She also claimed that the rapist and his aides threatened her of dire consequences if she informed about the abortion to anyone.
Forced abortion is a horrific abuse that brutally destroys an unborn baby’s life and violently damages a mother’s. Forced and coerced abortions happen more frequently than abortion activists often acknowledge.
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Earlier this year, at least two other cases of alleged forced abortion were reported in India. One involved a young woman whose Punjabi teacher allegedly raped her and then forced her to abort her unborn child in an attempt to cover up the abuse.
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.
But forced and coerced abortions are a problem in the United States, as well. 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.