A 16-year-old rape survivor was denied abortion permission by Bombay High Court after a panel of doctors advised her to continue with her pregnancy as terminating it could have posed risks for her. The victim girl is in 27 th week of her pregnancy and wanted to undergo an abortion.
The Bombay High Court bench headed by Justice Ranjit More turned down the plea filed by the girl’s father on her behalf seeking that she be allowed to terminate her pregnancy. The panel of doctors from KEM hospital and GS Medical College in the city submitted a report advising that the girl continue with the pregnancy.The girl’s father had claimed in the plea that continuing the pregnancy would cause grave injury to her. He had said that she was not keeping good health, that she was suffering from anaemia, and that having and raising a child of rape would also cause further mental and physical trauma to her.
During the hearing today, the girl’s lawyer also invoked her right to a life of dignity as guaranteed by the Constitution, and argued that subjecting a minor girl to a pregnancy that she does not desire was in breach of her constitutional rights. The bench, however, said that it could not go against the suggestion of the medical experts, and the law that does not permit the termination of a pregnancy after 20 weeks unless the mother’s life is in danger.