Rohtak: A panel of doctors here Tuesday decided to abort the foetus of a 10-year-old girl who was found to be five months pregnant after allegedly being raped repeatedly by her stepfather.
Earlier in the day, the district court here left it to the medical board of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (PGIMS) to take a call on the matter.
"The board has decided to go with the abortion," Prashant Kumar, a doctor of PGIMS, said.
"This decision is in the best interest of the child," he said.
Kumar said the process of abortion had already been started and may take hours or even a couple of days.
He stated the girl's condition to be stable.
On Monday, the girl's mother had moved the court, seeking permission to abort the foetus.
She had reasoned that her family was not financially well off and therefore was in no condition to bring up the child.
She already has four children.
The gruesome incident that has received wide-spread condemnation from across the nation came to light Sunday when the girl's mother took her to a hospital where her pregnancy was confirmed by the doctors.
The accused has since been arrested under section 506 (criminal intimidation) of the IPC and relevant section of the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences Act (POCSO Act) 2012.