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Bombay High court allows minor rape victim to terminate pregnancy [READ ORDER]

Lawstreet Journal 21 May 2021 1:03am

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As per the committee report dated May 10.2021, Bombay high court permitted the petitioner (a minor girl) to undergo, medical termination of pregnancy, at KEM Hospital, Mumbai as it may lead to pregnancy-related complications like anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension as well as increased operative interference during labor; also going to have a psychological impact on a pregnant minor with uncertain future.

The matter was heard by the Division of Bombay high court comprising Justice K.K. Tated and Abhay Ahuja, JJ.

A petition was filed by a minor girl through her father Mr. Jitendra Kumar Singh seeking permission to undergo medical termination of pregnancy at KEM Hospital, in her 24th week of pregnancy.

The petition states that the victim was raped by her nearby resident. As a result of a sexual offense, she became pregnant. The FIR was lodged on 24th April 2021 under section 376 of the I.P.C. and sections 4, 8 & 12 of the Protection of Children from sexual offense act 2012.

Since the pregnancy had exceeded the statutory period of 20 weeks prescribed under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 (the “MTP Act”), Petitioner is seeking permission from the court to terminate her pregnancy.

Taking note of the situation, the court decided to form a board committee to examine the matter.

Committee report 

As per committee views continuation of pregnancy of minor girl have both mental and physical impact on her health. she may have various health issues such as anemia, hypertension well as increased operative… Continue Reading...

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