A young rape victim and her unborn baby died from abortion complications Tuesday in India after years of suffering abuse and threats from the man who abused her, according to local police.
The Free Press Journal reports police in Bhiwadi, India arrested a 25-year-old man Thursday and charged him with rape and murder in the 17-year-old girl’s death.
According to police, the man allegedly raped the girl repeatedly for three years and threatened to kill her if she told anyone about the abuse.
The girl’s family learned about the abuse this month when they discovered that she was pregnant, police said. According to the report, the family took her to a local private nurse, Gunjan Saini, 36, for an abortion.
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Here’s more from the report:
… the nurse told police that the victim had already had some tablets for abortion. She said she had only done a check up and given her an injection for strength as she was feeling weak. The nurse said she had asked the family to take the girl to hospital as her condition was serious but they did not listen.
Eventually, the family must have listened because police said the girl died Tuesday in the hospital from abortion complications.
It is not clear where the girl got the abortion pills, though it is possible that they came from the man who abused her. Police said they arrested and charged Saini with doing an illegal abortion.
Abortions and abuse frequently are connected. LifeNews has reported dozens of stories about sexual abuse victims, including human trafficking victims, who were pressured or forced into aborting their unborn babies by abusers. Abortions are a tool used by abusers to cover up their crimes and continue abusing their victims. Abortion facilities also have been caught failing to report suspected abuse to authorities on numerous occasions.
Women and girls frequently are forced or coerced to abort their unborn babies. As LifeNews previously reported, one study found that 64 percent of post-abortive women said they felt pressure to have the abortion. LifeNews also has been keeping track of reports involving allegations of forced and coerced abortions, as well as abuse connected with women who refuse to abort their unborn babies.