Pregnant 10-year-old rape survivor cannot abort foetus, SC rules it’s too late

The rape survivor was examined by a panel of doctors at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Updated: July 28, 2017 4:24 pm
Supreme court, SC on rape survivor, SC abortion, 10 yr old girl, abortion, rape survivor, rape, pregnancy termination, pgimer, The apex court gave its verdict on the basis of a medical board ‘s report that stated that the termination of pregnancy is neither good for the 10-year-old girl nor for the foetus. (File photo)

The Supreme Court on Friday rejected a petition seeking its nod to terminate 32-week-old foetus of a 10-year-old rape survivor, according to news agency PTI.  The apex court gave its verdict on the basis of a medical board’s report stating that the termination of pregnancy is neither good for the girl nor for the foetus. The rape survivor was examined by a panel of doctors at Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) in Chandigarh on the direction of the top court. A bench comprising Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud took note of the report of the medical board.

The victim had been subjected to repeated rape allegedly by her maternal uncle, and the pregnancy was confirmed by doctors at the Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) in Chandigarh. On July 18, a local court refused permission for an abortion on the basis of a GMCH report, which warned that there could be “high chances of physical trauma”, considering the girl’s age and health.

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 so as to take a prompt decision on prospects of early abortion given that such cases are reaching the apex court in big numbers. Under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, medical termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks is allowed and exceptions can be made if the foetus is genetically abnormal.

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  1. ishpreet kaur
    Jul 29, 2017 at 6:22 pm
    The SC has not allowed the abortion because it will be life threatening to both the girl and the baby,otherwise the SC has made exceptions in earlier few cases like this.
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      Manu USA
      Jul 28, 2017 at 8:49 pm
      It's shame. What happened to this nation. People become so heartless and crazy for ? We got so.many gods, and religions.
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        republic
        Jul 28, 2017 at 7:55 pm
        what kind of judges we have - pathetic
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          lara
          Jul 28, 2017 at 6:58 pm
          What a heinous crime by uncle other fault is of parents also who didn't take care of young girl, sad that girl is going through but u can't abort a 32 week child, its like killing a baby who has not seen this world yet and if he get aborted will be thrown in a trash bag and let dogs and other animals munch on it.
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            chander
            Jul 28, 2017 at 6:40 pm
            The girl is 10-year old, a minor. What a learned judgment by the Supreme Court! Would this have been a judgment if the girl was born in a rich family or for that matter a daughter of a judge? Punishing one life to save another life by our collegium judges!
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