Punjab And Haryana High Court Allows Minor Rape Victim to Terminate 26-Week Pregnancy
Chandigarh, Oct 18: The Punjab and Haryana High Court on Wednesday allowed a minor rape victim to terminate her 26-week old pregnancy. The court has also asked the Medical Board of Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research (PGIMER) Chandigarh to give the child the earliest possible date for the termination of her pregnancy.
The father of the 16-year-old girl had first approached the court to seek directions to the Chief Medical Officer of the Civil Hospital Barnala to terminate the pregnancy of her minor daughter. On October 6, Justice Rakesh Kumar Jain had sought an opinion of a panel of doctors if the abortion of the girl was safe or not.
The panel of doctors had then said that the limit of the termination of pregnancy is 20 weeks and if her age is kept in consideration, as less than 18-year-old, she is under the gestational age of 25-26 weeks. “The opinion regarding termination of pregnancy…may kindly be sought from tertiary level Teaching Health Institution,” they said.
“Keeping in view her physical and mental health, the medical board is of the considered opinion that the termination of pregnancy of X at this stage can be undertaken. However, ‘X’ and her relatives must understand the risks involved with the procedure that she has to undergo,” said the medical board of the PGIMER.
However, in the order, Justice Sudip Ahluwalia allowed the termination of her pregnancy. “The necessary procedure may be carried out in PGIMER, Chandigarh itself subject to giving appropriate undertakings by the petitioner/his family members/X in view of the notings made by the Medical Board,” he said.