Gujarat – 19-year-old rape survivor seeks HC nod to abort


Ahmedabad:
TIMES NEWS NETWORK
She Was Raped By A Family Member
A 19-year-old rape survivor from near Godhra has approached Gujarat high court seeking permission to terminate her 24week pregnancy .The girl has complained that she is “totally innocent and will have to face punish ment for her entire life for the crime committed by someone else“.

Requesting the court to allow abortion, the girl’s advocate Aman Shaikh contended that the court may take sympathetic approach in view of the peculiar set of facts.

“The court may permit the petitioner to terminate her pregnancy and allow her to enjoy her right to life with respect in the society , else the petitioner will have to suffer disgraceful and dishonourable attitude for her entire life for no fault of hers, and it will ruin her future,“ the petition reads.

The advocates submitted that expert opinion of the medical practitioner at the civil hospital in Godhra said that the condition of the child and the petitioner is cri tical and may endanger the lives of both, if pregnancy is allowed to be continued.“Every passing day , physical and mental trauma is increasing and her physical condition is deteriorating,“ they submitted.

As to why she was so late in seeking permission for abortion, whereas Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act permits abortion till 20 weeks of pregnancy , the rape survivor has said that she was raped by one of her family members five months ago, and because there was no fe male family member, she could not share her agony . It was only when her father noticed physical changes in her, he asked her aunt to take her to a doctor, where they found out that she was pregnant.

After hearing the case, Justice A J Desai directed the civil surgeon at the SSG Hospital in Vadodara to examine the girl and issue a certificate about the period of pregnancy and give an opinion as to whether it would be desirable to terminate the pregnancy . The court has asked for the report by Friday .

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