SC Allowed 31 Weeks Pregnant Rape Survivor To Abort Foetus

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New Delhi: 31st week Pregnant young girl, is allowed to abort her foetus. The Supreme Court on Wednesday allowed this 13-year-old child, in her 31st week of pregnancy for abortion.. The young girl is a rape survivor from Mumbai. Earlier this week, a JJ Hospital medical panel submitted its report suggesting that the child should undergo an abortion.

The parents of the 13-year-old girl, who was allegedly raped by her father’s business partner about six months ago, filed the petition in the Supreme Court seeking permission for medical termination of pregnancy.  This, after they realised she was pregnant just four weeks ago. The girl is now in her 31st week of pregnancy.

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In August, her parents took her to a doctor to check whether her sudden ‘obesity’ was caused by thyroid. A sonography then showed that she was 27 weeks pregnant till then she had not informed her parents about the sexual assault.

Welcoming the court order, gynaecologistDr Nikhil Datar, who was in favourof the minor’s abortion, said that it is fantastic news. The Supreme Court has identified the issues with MTP Act. Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

The petitioner’s counsel in the case, Advocate Sneha Mukherjee, said the abortion could well take place the day after tomorrow.

The 13-year-old’s family resides in Charkop, Mumbai. Her father is a street vendor while mother is a homemaker. The child is staying with her parents. The 23-year-old accused lived with the victim’s family in Charkop and is suspected to have raped the girl on multiple occasions. He is presently in custody of the Mumbai Police.

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