Gujarat rape victim allowed to terminate her pregnancy

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
  • Updated: Jul 30, 2015 20:41 IST

A 14-year-old girl from Gujarat who became pregnant after being raped, can have her pregnancy terminated in the 25th week, a medical team constituted by the Supreme Court said Thursday.

The team of five doctors -- four from civil hospital and a private practitioner -- held that termination of her pregnancy is important for her health.

It's a landmark decision as the law allows abortions only until the 20th week of pregnancy.

The victim had approached the apex court after the Gujarat high court dismissed her petition seeking permission to terminate the pregnancy.

The bench comprising justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph had initially said it would not allow the abortion of a 25 week foetus, but the victim’s lawyer Kamini Jaiswal prevailed upon the judges to get medical opinion on whether the pregnancy would be a threat to the girl's life.

The judges then said she can undergo abortion if medical experts allow it, and constituted the team of doctors.

The girl became pregnant after being allegedly raped by doctor Jatin Mehta whom she had visited for treatment of typhoid earlier this year.

The SC has also directed that a DNA test of the foetus should be carried out which can help in the trial of the accused doctor.

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