High court rejects 14-year-old rape survivor’s abortion plea #Vaw #WTFnews


Punjab and Haryana high court has refused to allow termination of pregnancy of a minor rape survivor from Haryana and asked a premier medical institute from the state to provide care to her till her delivery at the state’s expense

High court rejects 14-year-old rape survivor's abortion plea
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CHANDIGARH: Punjab and Haryana high court has refused to allow termination of pregnancy of a minor rape survivor from Haryana and asked a premier medical institute from the state to provide care to her till her delivery at the state’s expense.

After taking advice from an expert panel from Post-Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER), Chandigarh, Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain said in his September 17 order that termination of pregnancy at this period of gestation (20 weeks) carries a higher risk to the girl than allowing it to continue with regular health checkups.

The PGIMER panel had found that the foetus is around 20 weeks old and according to the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, pregnancy of a woman can’t be terminated after 20 weeks.

Justice Jain has directed authorities from Bhagwat Dayal Sharma University of Health Science, Rohtak, to admit the 14-year-old girl as an indoor patient and provide all requisite medicines, food, clothing and other facilities to her and her attendants. The HC further directed the professor and head of the department of obstetrics and gynecology of the university to personally monitor such requirements and supervise her periodical needs like psychiatric consultation or related assistance from other departments.

The court also directed registrar of the university to provide her a private room where she could stay with her family members as and when required. The court has also made it clear that the chief secretary and the principal secretary, department of health, should ensure reimbursement of bills or expenditure incurred on the victim by the university within two weeks from the date of submission of bills.

Justice Jain has also given liberty to the victim’s family to approach the high court whenever required.

The girl’s father, a daily wager from Sonipat, had approached the high court this month seeking permission to abort the unwanted pregnancy of his daughter on the ground that she, being a minor, is unable to bear the child and this would enhance her agony.

The girl was allegedly raped by a 30-year-old person, who was a tenant in their house. A case against the accused was registered on August 21, 2015 for rape and protection of children from sexual offences (POSCO) Act at Sonipat.

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