Parents of a 13-year-old girl allegedly raped by her father’s colleague have faced court in a battle for the right for their daughter to abort her baby.
The teenager’s pregnancy was only discovered after her parents took her to a doctor to seek treatment for obesity, the BBC reported.
Now at 30-weeks pregnant, the girl from Mumbai must be granted permission from the Supreme Court, as Indian law only allows terminations after 20-weeks.
A colleague of the girl’s father is alleged to have raped the teenager and has been arrested.
Mumbai-based gynaecologist Dr Nikhil Datar told the BBC: ‘[The girl’s parents] suspected she had a thyroid problem or some other medical condition because she was gaining weight.
‘The scan showed that she was 27 weeks pregnant so I informed the police.’
The doctor has recommended her child is aborted as her pelvis is not fully developed and having a child will cause her ‘physical and mental trauma’.
Her case comes after a ten-year-old girl, who was impregnated after being repeatedly raped by her uncle, gave birth to a child earlier this month.