Delhi High Court gave permission for abortion to a minor rape victim, permission to execute only if a girl is not in danger
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday allowed the abortion of 22 weeks of a minor rape victim. A medical board report set up by Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital said that continuing the pregnancy could cause psychological problems to the victim, after which the court gave this decision.
However, the court clarified that the abortion will be done only after reviewing the impact on the health of the victim after the blood test report comes out. The High Court said that the process of abortion can be initiated only when the results of its investigation do not anticipate any additional danger.
Justice Vibhu Bakhru said that the court accepts this petition and approves the process of abortion by getting the petitioner admitted to Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital. Legally, abortions cannot be allowed to be punished if the pregnancy is more than 20 weeks. The court ruled on the plea of the 16-year-old rape victim.
Justice Bakhru interacted with the teenager and his father through video conferencing and took cognizance that the teenager is under extreme stress and his father also wants to undergo an abortion. The court said the teenager and her father had been informed about the complications and dangers related to abortion.
During the hearing of the case, the High Court directed the Superintendent of RML Hospital to set up a medical board and asked that the report be submitted in relation to the danger posed to the teenager by abortion.
In a digital-medium hearing, doctors told the court that psychologists said after testing the teenager that continuing the pregnancy could lead to psychological problems.