SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS SHOULD GET CHOICE OF ABORTION AS A RIGHT

Dr. Seema The case of little 10-year-old from Alipur who gave birth to a daughter should be an eye-opener for all of us especially for the law-makers of the country. The child whose ordeal we came to know only through newspapers and whose age was claimed to be 8, 10, 11 and 12 at different occasions, was raped by two persons of the locality. As is the practice, nobody reported the crime and the traumatised child had to go along with life till she was faced with continual nausea. Although a pubert, the change in her physical status was so recent that she was unable to understand the significance of missing her periods. And she was also not able to keep the news from spreading. For once it looked like if the society was sympathetic: there were no demands to book her under Zina Hudood Ordinance for having illicit relations with those two persons. But the joy was short-lived as the suggestion of the family that the fetus may be aborted was summarily rejected. The elder and the noble of the locality decreed that the family would be ostracised if they even thought of abortion again. The threat worked and the child was left to carry on with an unwanted pregnancy that was result of utmost cruelty. The doctors at the government hospital of the area and all other saner people clearly indicated towards the hazards that the ‘mother’ and the child could face but nobody listened, “abortion is un-Islamic and illegal too”, they were told. Safety of two lives was not an issue, not to mention the ordeal and confusion that would follow. The 10-year-old gave birth to a daughter who was pre-mature, weak and perhaps not properly attended to. The doctors said it was unusual if not a miracle. After six months the infant died. And at 11 our young girl stood there, not-a-virgin, raped by two persons and carrying the burden of being an “irresponsible mother”.

SEXUAL ABUSE SURVIVORS SHOULD GET CHOICE OF ABORTION AS A RIGHT