A 10-year-old girl became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather

A 10-year-old girl became pregnant after she was raped by her stepfather

42-year-old Benitez Gilberto Zarate, denied being guilty for this terrible incident. He lied about this to police and media,he also has demanded a DNA test to prove his rightness.

A stepfather, who raped his 10-year-old stepdaughter, was arrested on Saturday. 

42-year-old Benitez Gilberto Zarate, denied being guilty for this terrible incident. He lied about this to police and media, he has also demanded a DNA test to prove his rightness.

The whole world is asking Paraguayan authorities to allow an abortion, but it stays adamant as South American countries have forbidden abortions.

The only possible way in Paraguay to make an abortion is when pregnancy is dangerous for mother’s health. And according to the Paraguayan Ministry of Health, there is no risk to girl’s health.

The girl’s family is begging to be allowed to make an abortion and Amnesty International supports the family and tries to make it possible. It also claims that early pregnancy does pose health risks to undeveloped young girls’ bodies. But the South American laws are so strict that they don’t make an exception in such special cases like rape.

Guadalupe Marengo, Amnesty International official, said this week:

The physical and psychological impact of forcing this young girl to continue with an unwanted pregnancy is tantamount to torture

He also added that Paraguayan government can’t just sit and do nothing about this situation.

But that is not the only thing that worries everybody. Doctors said that the girl had been pregnant before she came to the hospital. As it was reported, on April 21 she came to hospital for abdominal pain.

The girl’s mother was arrested as well for not taking good care of her child. But, according to Amnesty, the girl’s mother has also asked for an abortion. However Paraguayan Health Minister, Antonio Barrios, said the family would not be allowed to interrupt the pregnancy.

The girl is now transferred to Asuncion’s Red Cross Hospital. She will be taken to a shelter soon where medics will take care of her health.

In 2013 United Nations reported that around 2 million girls under 14 get pregnant each year. Many of them face big heath problems. About 70,000 die from complications during early pregnancy.

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