Teen rape survivor can abort 21-wk foetus: HC
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.