13-year-old rape victim can terminate four-and-half month pregnancy: Allahabad High Court; Thursday, September 10, 2015

The court directed the head of department, gynaecology and obstetrics, King George’s Medical University, Lucknow, to constitute a team of three senior-most teachers/doctors to examine and decide if the abortion can be carried out safely.

The girl had sought permission to terminate the pregnancy, which is a result of the undesired incident. The petition pleaded that she be allowed to undergo abortion because “she will be forced to live with a stigma and constant reminder of a most-horrendous and despicable act committed upon her”. Passing the order, the court directed the team of doctors to examine the victim and after interaction with her, decide about seriousness of the threat to her life and also about the impact of continued pregnancy on the mental health of the victim.

Passing the order, the court directed the team of doctors to examine the victim and after interaction with her, decide about seriousness of the threat to her life and also about the impact of continued pregnancy on the mental health of the victim. In case of abortion, the authorities of KGMU will take necessary tissues from the fetus and preserve it for DNA identification, the court said.

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