67% spike in abortions by under-15 girls in city
Mumbai: Abortions among teenage girls below the age of 15 in the city have recorded an alarming 67% spike in 201415. The civic data accessed through an RTI application further shows that out of nearly 31,000 women who opt- ed for medical termination of pregnancy, 1,600 were below the age of 19 years.
Health experts have called the trend of unwanted pregnancies alarming, while harping on the need for better sex education in schools and junior colleges. The BMC data, collated from all licenced Medical Termination of Pregnan- cy (MTP) centres in the city, shows that in 2013-14, 111 girls below the age of 15 had undergone an abortion. The number has risen to 185 in 2014-15. Even for the age-bracket of 1519 years, there has been a 47% jump in abortions when compared with the previous year.
Interestingly, Andheri east and west emerged as the abor- tion centres, reporting nearly 6,000 cases. Chembur came next with nearly 3,000 cases. About 1,800 to 2,000 MTPs were performed in central Mumbai wards such as Dadar and Parel. Civic officials have attributed the increase to better and more accurate reporting.