Raped minor’s abortion plea on hold, Ranchi medical college to examine risk
The Jharkhand high court on Saturday put on hold an abortion plea of a minor rape survivor, questioning the degree of risk involved in the termination of the foetusindia Updated: Oct 15, 2017 22:05 IST
The Jharkhand high court on Saturday put on hold an abortion plea of a minor rape survivor, questioning the degree of risk involved in the termination of the foetus. The 15-year-old Jamshedpur girl, daughter of daily wage earners, approached the court after hospitals refused abortion of the 23-week foetus.
The bench of Justice Rongon Mukhopadyay rejected the twin reports of the medical board, which examined the girl on Friday in Jamshedpur. The report failed to address the court’s queries, especially regarding the degree of risk involved in the medical termination of a pregnancy in the second trimester.
The court, however, directed the state’s premiere hospital, Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS), Ranchi, to constitute a medical board comprising specialists for re-examination of the girl on October 15 and submit a report at the earliest giving definite opinion about the risk involved in the termination.
Earlier in the day, the judge carried out hearing in his chamber on the high court’s premises. The government counsel submitted the medical board’s report which said that the rape survivor was about 15 years old and the duration of her pregnancy was about 23 weeks.
The report pointed out that as per the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, medical termination of pregnancy can be done only up to 20 weeks.
Finding that the board didn’t clarify the risk factor involved in carrying out the abortion, the court asked the government lawyer to verify the same from the medical board.
A second report was submitted highlighting “the medical termination of pregnancy in second trimester was risky”.
According to an FIR lodged by the girl’s mother on August 30, one Udia Gagrai had been raping her daughter for the last four months. Following the complaint, the police got the girl medically examined, which showed her as pregnant. Gagrai was arrested and is in custody.