Bombay High Court on Friday allowed the 14-year-old rape victim, who is also a cancer patient, to abort the 24-week-old foetus. A bench of justices AS Oka and MS Sonak told the girl to visit the JJ Hospital at 11 am Saturday September 15, and directed the dean of the hospital to ensure that medical termination of the pregnancy was performed by expert doctors expeditiously.
The girl was raped earlier this and had even filed the complaint but her pregnancy was detected only recently when she went to a local hospital for her chemotherapy session.
Considering the complexity of case and severe possible health hazards, had recently directed the dean of the J J hospital in the city to “immediately” constitute a panel of expert doctors, including a psychiatrist, to assess the girls’ health condition and to suggest whether a medical termination of the pregnancy at such a late stage can be permitted.
The case was noticed when the victim’s father (a daily wage labourer) and her mother (works as a domestic help) learnt about her pregnancy and decided to approach an NGO. With the NGO’s assistance, the family was in touch with lawyers and helped file the plea.