The 10-year-old rape survivor, whose abortion plea was turned down by the Supreme Court, today delivered a baby through C-section at one of the government hospitals in Chandigarh, a senior doctor said. The girl's condition is stable.
"Through C-section this morning the minor girl delivered a baby. The infant's weight is 2.2 kg and it has been admitted to neo natal ICU. As far as the girl is concerned, she is stable and will be kept in a separate room," Dr Dasari Harish, chairperson of the committee which had been constituted for treatment of the girl, said.
He said the infant was slightly underweight.
"We hope the baby also recovers," the doctor told PTI. Dr Dasari described the C-section procedure, which was carried out at the hospital, as "uneventful", though it was a "high risk pregnancy".
"A team of doctors was involved in delivering the child. In the team, there were three gynaecologists, an anaesthetist, a neonatologist and a paediatrician," he said.
The treatment expenses of the rape survivor are being borne by the Chandigarh Administration.
The crime that the girl was repeatedly raped allegedly for several months by her uncle came to light when the girl was taken to hospital on complaining of stomach ache last month where she was found to be over 30 weeks pregnant.
A plea has been dimissed by the Supreme Court on July 28, seeking its nod for terminating the 32-week-old pregnancy of the rape survivor after taking note of a medical report that abortion was neither good for the girl nor for the foetus.
To take a prompt decision on prospects of early abortion in view of the fact that such cases are reaching the apex court in a big way as to set up a permanent medical board in every state as, the bench had asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar.
On July 18, at Chandigarh district court refused to let the girl undergo the abortion, the petition was filed. Courts allow medical termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and can make an exception if the foetus is genetically abnormal.