A 14-year-old rape survivor who gave birth to a child in 2016 after being denied permission to abort her foetus, has got married to her alleged rapist after intervention by some village elders. The girl’s ordeal came to limelight as she ran from pillar to post to get her preganancy terminated.
According to a Hindustan Times report, the victim initially maintained she did not want the child, but once the baby was born, she refused to give him up.
The courts denied her permission to abort as she was in an advanced stage of pregnancy and doctors felt the procedure might endanger her life.
The report suggests that the child is now 10-months-old and both the mother and son moved to the accused man’s home last fortnight.
“My parents cannot feed me and my child. Here, we at least get two meals a day,” said the girl.
The girl, who hails from Bareilly, claims that her alleged rapist, hailing from the same village, had repeatedly raped her on the false pretext of marriage. She filed a police complaint and the accused was jailed for several months before being freed on bail.
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The rape case is still pending but the couple is expected to move court soon with their marriage certificate to quash the case. The duo has already applied to register their social marriage before the local sub-divisional judicial magistrate.
The HT report suggested that the accused has been forgiven by the girl’s family. Village elders oversaw the marriage after the family of the accused agreed to take the mother and child home.
“It was a mistake on my part for which Allah will never forgive me. I want to correct that mistake by accepting her and my child,” the accused said, stated the HT report.