Doctors Friday successfully terminated a 25-week pregnancy of a minor rape victim after Supreme Court intervened in the girl’s favour, in what might be a first of its kind case in the Indian medico-legal history.
“A team of five doctors successfully terminated the 25-week pregnancy of the minor rape victim late Friday night, who was admitted Thursday,” Dr M M Prabhakar, Medical Superintendent of Civil hospital, where the girl is kept, said. “The girl’s health is normal after the foetus was terminated,” he said.
One of the family friends of the victim said the foetus termination would now give a new life to the 14-year-old girl, who studies in Class X. The process of medical termination of pregnancy started Friday morning and doctors expected that it would take 24 to 36 hours. However, they had also said but as the girl shown some courage, it could be done in around 12 hours only, sources in the hospital said.
Prabhakar had earlier said the girl was given some drug that increases the size of the uterus and thereafter foetus can be removed. The father of the girl, who was present at the hospital, said he will be a relieved man once his daughter gets rid of pain. The girl and her family had to pass through a long drawn legal process for getting the order of termination of pregnancy in their favour as earlier Himmatnagar Sessions Court and later the Gujarat HC had denied permission to abort the foetus as it was older than 20 weeks.
— With PTI inputs
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