2 gang rapes show India struggling on women's safety

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The decision to allow the girl to have an abortion was taken to court after telling doctors that accept.

The mother of a 10-year-old girl, who was found to be five months pregnant after being raped repeatedly allegedly by her stepfather, has moved court seeking permission to abort the foetus.

"The court has asked the doctors to terminate this pregnancy, " Dr. S.K. Dhattarwal, head of the institute's forensic medicine department, told CNN.

India's Supreme Court has received several petitions from rape victims in recent months requesting terminations and each case has been referred to a panel of medical experts.

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On Saturday night, a young woman was abducted while returning to her home in the New Delhi suburb of Gurgaon and gang raped by three men in a moving vehicle before being set free the next morning, police said. Later, the victim revealed that she was sexually abused by her stepfather regularly while her mother was away for work. Police said they had two of eight suspects in custody. "I want him to be released and my daughter's child to be aborted", the mother said. "The victim has been given counseling and necessary medical care, and her statement was recorded before a magistrate", Nain said.

The case comes to light only days after the body of a 20-year-old woman was discovered in the same district. Her face had also been smashed with a brick, and a vehicle ran over her body so she could not be identified, according to a report in the Hindustan Times.

In this December 30, 2012 photo, Indians hold a candle light vigil to mourn the death of a gang rape victim as urge the government to make several key reforms to ensure safety of women, in New Delhi, India. She died two weeks later at a hospital in Singapore.

The step father was arrested after a mother's complaint to the police.

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