Teen rape sur­vivor can abort 21-wk foe­tus: HC

The Times of India (Mumbai edition) - - TIMES CITY - Swati.Deshpande @times­group.com

Mum­bai: The Bom­bay high court on Fri­day al­lowed a 16-yearold, who was al­legedly raped, to ter­mi­nate her 21-week preg­nancy. The girl had ap­proached the court through her mother as the law per­mits ter­mi­na­tion only till 12 weeks’ ges­ta­tion in a reg­u­lar course as a choice and from then on, till 20 weeks in cer­tain med­i­cally nec­es­sary cases.

The woman’s case was that the daugh­ter told her of a missed pe­riod and on July 4, a doctor’s eval­u­a­tion re­vealed she was five months preg­nant. On July 6, she lodged a rape com­plaint. How­ever, when she de­sired to get the preg­nancy ter­mi­nated, she met with a le­gal im­ped­i­ment un­der the law, states her pe­ti­tion filed through ad­vo­cate Kranti LC.

A bench of Jus­tices Naresh Patil and Girish Kulka­rni on Thurs­day set up a com­mit­tee of doc­tors from KEM, a civic hos­pi­tal, to as­sess the girl and rec­om­mend whether a ter­mi­na­tion is ad­vis­able. Civic coun­sels R Tho­rat and J Xavier sub­mit­ted the doc­tors’ report and a doctor from KEM hos­pi­tal too was present in the court. When asked by the bench on Fri­day if ter­mi­na­tion is pos­si­ble, she said yes, but since it was be­yond 20 weeks, it is called “in­duc­tion of labour”.

The girl had been ad­mit­ted to an­other civic hos­pi­tal and the court has di­rected that she be dis­charged and shifted forth­with to KEM, where nec­es­sary steps can be taken for the ter­mi­na­tion. The HC bench was ap­pre­cia­tive of the KEM report, which an­a­lysed the chances and risks the pro­ce­dure would pose and the coun­selling needed for the teen.

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