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September 07, 2017

Minor rape survivor allowed aborting her pregnancy: SC

Minor rape survivor

A 13-year-old alleged rape survivor was allowed by the Supreme Court to terminate her 32-week-old pregnancy post taking note of a medical report.

The medical report filed by a board of doctors of J J hospital Mumbai was examined by a bench comprising Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justices Amitava Roy and A M Khanwilkar, organized by the court, and gave a green signal for termination of pregnancy.

The reference for the same came from the medical report as well as an earlier order passed by the apex court on a plea by another rape survivor whose pregnancy was at an advanced stage by Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar.

The apex court asked the hospital authorities to conduct the termination of pregnancy preferably on September 8. "The girl would be admitted a day before," it said.

The rape survivor from Mumbai, a class seven student, had asked for permissions to abort the foetus.

Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

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