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Supreme Court rejects abortion request of 10-year old rape survivor

After medical reports prepared by doctors suggested that abortion would not be good for the 10-year old rape survivor, the Supreme Court dismissed the plea seeking abortion of the baby. The 10-year old rape survivor is now 32-weeks pregnant and doctors said that it would not be safe to conduct abortion at this stage, as there’s an increased risk of the victim’s death. The decision was taken by a Supreme Court bench comprising Chief Justice JS Khehar and Justice DY Chandrachud. The bench examined the medical report submitted by the PGI (Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research) Chandigarh, which was appointed by the Supreme Court to evaluate the potential consequences in case the pregnancy was terminated. The medical report mentioned that abortion at this stage would be an extremely risky thing for the 10-year old rape survivor.

The bench also examined the support and care being provided to the rape victim and said that it is satisfied with the initiatives being taken to help the girl. The bench also noted that such cases are incrasingly being directed to the Supreme Court. To reduce the burden on Supreme Court, the bench asked Solicitor General Ranjit Kumar, who was there in the court room, to evaluate the possibility of setting up permanent medical boards in every state. The boards will make it easier to take the decision to abort or not. Such decisions can also be taken quickly by the board.

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