State High Court of Kerala permits medical termination of 26-week foetus of 15 year rape victim

High Court on Monday permitted the medical termination of a 26-week pregnant minor rape victim. A single bench of Justice P.V. Asha heard the civil writ petition, and recorded that the continuation of the pregnancy is contrary to the safety and interests of the victim, who is aged only 15.

The minor rape victim and her family had approached the Court, saying that the girl is about 23 weeks of pregnant and that continuation of her pregnancy would be against her interest.

The FIR has been lodged in Thrikodithanam Police Station, in respect of the incident. The writ petition is filed producing and medical reports dated December 9, 2020, and December 15, 2020. As per report, the gestational age was found to be 22 weeks and 6 days as of December 9, 2020.

It is asserted that the victim is not mentally prepared to continue the pregnancy and that there is high risk in the event of continuation of her pregnancy as she has been subjected to the trauma of sexual assault.

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