Minor Rape Survivor allowed to terminate advanced pregnancy by High Court

Delhi High Court allowed a minor rape survivor to terminate a 22-week pregnancy, following the report of a medical board, set up by Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital, which concluded the survivor to be facing clinical depression and considerable distress to the minor.

The court, after careful consideration to the reports given by the medical board agreed that if the pregnancy continues, the minor would face certain psychological complications and ordered the termination.

The union cabinet, earlier this year, approved the Medical Termination Pregnancy (Amendment) Bill, 2020, which provides for enhancing the upper gestation limit from 20 to 24 weeks for special categories of women including survivors of rape, victim of incest and other vulnerable women such as handicapped and minors.

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