Mumbai: 13-year-old rape victim approaches High court to seek termination of pregnancy

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A 13-year-old rape victim has approached the Bombay high court for seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy.

It was reported that the victim’s father has sought to take permission to abort her 25-week-old foetus.

The petition cites the “right to life, health, dignity, informed choice, reproductive autonomy, equality and to be free from inhuman and degrading treatment”.

The petition quoted, “The petitioner and his daughter have suffered immense mental and physical anguish as a result of the unreasonable 20 weeks restriction under Sections 3(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act”.

Following this, the bench of judges which includes Justices Shantanu Kemkar and G S Kulkarni has directed the doctors of medical board at KEM hospital to examine the health condition of the victim to determine whether the termination of pregnancy will be safe for the child or not.

It was discovered that the victim was repeatedly raped by her cousin, who used to live in the same house with her and her parents.

On November 9, 2017, the victim complains of severe pain in her abdomen, following which she was rushed to the hospital where doctors told his father the girl is pregnant.

A case was registered with the Ghatkopar police station on November 17.

It was further added, “Given that the body of a girl as young as 13 years is not developed fully for pregnancy, the continuation of the same continues to cause increased risk of physical and mental injury to the mother thus creating increased risk to the life of the adolescent mother and therefore a situation such as this warrants permission for termination of pregnancy at given stage”.

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