The Supreme Court on Friday dismissed a plea seeking its nod for terminating the 32-week-old pregnancy of a 10-year-old rape survivor after taking note of a medical report that abortion was neither good for the girl nor for the foetus.
#SC rejects plea seeking its nod to terminate 32-week-old pregnancy of 10-year-old rape survivor.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 28, 2017
A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the report of the medical board set up by PGI (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) in Chandigarh to examine the rape survivor and the consequences if termination of pregnancy was allowed.
The bench expressed satisfaction over the medical care being provided to the rape survivor at present and dismissed the plea seeking an abortion.
The bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who was present in the court room, to consider its suggestion to set up a permanent medical board in every state to take a prompt decision on prospects of early abortion in view of the fact that such cases are reaching the apex court more often.
SC considers report of medical board that termination of pregnancy is neither good for the 10-year-old girl nor for the foetus.— Press Trust of India (@PTI_News) July 28, 2017
The PIL was filed after a Chandigarh district court on July 18 refused to let the girl undergo the abortion.
The girl’s pregnancy was recently discovered by her parents after she was taken to hospital following stomach pain. The girl was reportedly raped by her uncle for seven months.
Courts allow medical termination of pregnancy upto 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and can make an exception if the foetus is genetically abnormal.
The petition, filed by advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, has sought appropriate guidelines be framed by the top court to set up a permanent medical board in each district of the country for expedient termination of pregnancies in exceptional cases involving child rape survivors under the best-possible medical facilities.
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