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更新时间:2017-5-16 18:36:25 来源:纽约时报中文网 作者:佚名

Indian Girl, 10, Was Raped Repeatedly. Now She May Have to Give Birth.

NEW DELHI — A 10-year-old girl who was repeatedly raped by her stepfather, and who is now at least 20 weeks pregnant, may be forced to give birth because of India’s restrictive abortion law.


In a case that has become a glaring example of both impunity for rapists and a lack of women’s reproductive rights in India, a court must decide whether the pregnant girl is entitled to an abortion.


A medical board in the northern Indian state of Haryana said on Monday that the girl’s life had not been endangered by the pregnancy, a necessary condition under the law for most abortions conducted after 20 weeks. India enacted that law in part to discourage the widespread termination of female fetuses in a part of the world where boys are preferred.


In making its determination, the medical board said a court would have to determine whether the girl’s case meets the legal threshold of “exceptional circumstances” that justify an abortion.


The case came to light last Wednesday when the police received a tip on a help line dedicated to crimes against women. The caller was the girl’s mother, said Pankaj Nain, the police chief of Rohtak district in Haryana State.

上周三,警方在一个致力于打击针对女性犯罪的救助热线上获得线报之后,这个案件得以曝光。哈里亚纳邦罗塔克区警察局局长潘卡杰·纳恩(Pankaj Nain)表示,打来电话的是女孩的母亲。

Investigators found that the girl had been “repeatedly raped by her stepfather over a period of time,” said a police inspector at a Rohtak police station devoted to crimes against women.


“We found the girl in very miserable condition,” said the inspector, Garima, who, like many Indians, goes by a single name. The girl’s mother and stepfather worked as day laborers on construction sites, and her stepfather, who was in his early 20s, would exploit her mother’s absence to rape the girl, said Dr. S. K. Dhattarwal, the head of the forensic medicine department at Rohtak’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences.

“我们发现这个女孩情况非常糟糕,”像许多印度人一样只用一个单名的警督加里马(Garima)说道。罗塔克医学研究所(Rohtak’s Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences)法医部主任S·K·达塔瓦勒(S. K. Dhattarwal)表示,这名女孩的母亲和继父在建筑工地做临时工,20岁出头的继父会趁母亲不在的时候强奸她。

The victim was examined by a medical board consisting of seven doctors, Dr. Dhattarwal said. They concluded that she was 10 to 12 years old, and that her pregnancy exceeded 20 weeks.


“She is traumatized and not able to speak properly,” Dr. Dhattarwal said. “She was not able to understand what was going on with her. She was subjected to sexual intercourse several times.”


Two other recent rapes in the region have reinforced India’s reputation as dangerous for women. The badly mutilated body of a woman in her early 20s was found last week, and medical examiners said the bones in her head had been shattered and sharp objects inserted into her vagina.


“It was a brutal sexual assault-cum-murder,” said Dr. Dhattarwal, who also supervised the medical examination in that case. He said the woman’s assailants had tried to smash her head and disfigure her face to make it unrecognizable.


The victim’s relatives said she had been harassed by one of the men suspected in the rape. The police have made two arrests in the case.


Also last week, a young woman was dragged into a moving car by a group of men as she was walking home after midnight. The police said she was raped repeatedly for hours in the moving car, then thrown onto the road in the city of Gurgaon just south of New Delhi.


The cases recalled the 2012 rape of a physiotherapy student in Delhi who had boarded a private bus with a male friend after seeing a movie at a mall and was fatally injured during a sexual assault.


The death of the woman, who became known as “Nirbhaya,” or “fearless,” infuriated many Indians, who had become exasperated by the casual harassment of women in public spaces.


Five men were sentenced to death in that case, and last week India’s Supreme Court upheld the verdict.