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Supreme Court allows 10-year-old rape victim abort pregnancy

The Supreme Court on Monday issued notice to the government to allow a 10-year-old rape victim abort her 26-week-old pregnancy.

Chief Justice J S Khehar and Justice D Y Chandrachud said that a medical board will look in to the possible risk on the girl’s life due to the abortion.

“Before the matter is taken up for hearing on July 28, the Member Secretary, after having followed the procedure and obtained due permission of at least one of the parents of the child, shall have the child examined at the PGI, Chandigarh, from a Board of Doctors on July 26, so as to affirm one way or the other, whether the health of the girl child concerned, who is stated to be of the age of 10 years, and also that of the fetus, would be adversely affected, if the pregnancy is continued for the full term,” the bench said.

Courts allow medical termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act.

“Medical experts have categorically opined that if the 10-year-old rape survivor is forced to give birth through normal delivery or C-section, it may be fatal to the life of the girl as well her child,” the petition filed through advocate Kedar Nath Tripathy had said.


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