A 14-YEAR-OLD rape victim, who was denied nod to terminate her pregnancy by a medical team — constituted following orders of the Allahabad High Court — delivered a boy in an ambulance on her way to the Bareilly District Hospital early Thursday.
The girl, who delivered the baby around 2 am, was accompanied by her mother, aunt and the village midwife.
The victim was allegedly raped by one Asif Ali, a resident of her village. A rape case was lodged against Ali at Shergarh police station in June, following which, he was arrested and sent to jail by the court. The girl was about 20-weeks pregnant at that time. Though Ali’s family had said they would accept the child after a DNA test confirmed the paternity, the girl and her family wanted to terminate the pregnancy. They were, however, denied permission to abort by local courts in Bareilly and later by the Allahabad High Court, which on August 22 ordered the CMO to review the girl’s medical status.
After reviewing her condition, the medical panel constituted by the CMO also refused permission for abortion, stating that the pregnancy was highly “advance” for termination. “The medical report said she will be unable to abort her foetus under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, which states that termination of pregnancy in such an advanced stage was not permissible,” said Bareilly CMO Vijay Yadav.
“Both baby and the mother are fine and can go home after Saturday,” he added.