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PIL Filed In Gujarat High Court To Secure Rights Of Pregnant Women, Ensure Hospitals Don't Deny Treatment During Labour Pain

Lawstreet Journal 21 Mar 2022 10:22pm

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The Gujarat High Court has issued notice to the Respondent in the case Nikunj Jayantilal Mevada vs The State of Gujarat wherein a Public Interest Litigation seeking protection of the rights of pregnant women, unborn infants and the right of childbirth for pregnant women was sought. 

The Petitioner came to know of the case of a poor pregnant woman who was denied treatment on the ground that she could not deliver the payment of INR 42,000 before treatment, filed this petition. The Petitioner seeks:

First, the doctors and the hospital and other necessary institutions be duty bound to provide medical aid to any pregnant woman in extreme labour pain or in a medical emergency.

Second, Respondent authorities must formulate schemes and policies for protecting human rights of pregnant women and rights during childbirth as per Article 1 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

Third, prompt penal and/or compensatory reaction be initiated against wrong doers for violation of the rights of pregnant women through denial of medical aid or emergency care etc.

For seeking the aforesaid, the Petitioner, an advocate by profession, pointed to several cases of pregnant women being denied medical aid or being granted poor services due to which their lives along with their infants are jeopardised. 

To drive home his contentions, the Petitioner relied on the following provisions and legislation:

“That medical aid is an important facet of the Right to Dignity, fair treatment and good health of the citizens as envisaged in Article 21 of… Continue Reading...


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