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SC permits a teenage rape survivor to abort 32-week-old foetus

The Supreme Court permitted a 13-year-old alleged rape survivor to terminate her 32-week pregnancy.

The Supreme Court, in the case of Murugan Narakkar V Union of India & ors., permitted a 13-year-old alleged rape survivor from Mumbai to terminate her 32 week pregnancy. The teenager is a class Seven student.

As per Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, the law prohibits abortion of a foetus after a period of 20 weeks of pregnancy. Prior to this case, in an another incident on July 28, SC rejected the petition filed by another 10 year old victim on medical grounds who sought permission to abort a 32 week old pregnancy, as a result, the girl recently delivered the child. 

An opposition by the Centre was on the sole ground that abortion of 32 week old foetus is way too much advanced and could pose risk to mother’s life. However, Chief Justice Dipak Misra considered the facts and circumstances that it was a case of sexual abuse and the victim didn’t want to carry on with it.

Hence, it can be said that this is the oldest foetus which has been granted permission to be aborted by the Supreme Court. The apex court has asked the girl be admitted to Sir J J Hospital in Mumbai and ordered the medical team to schedule the termination of pregnancy on September 8, 2017.

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Reviewed by:
Simran Bhullar
Published on 07-Sep-17