Criminalising marital rape: Supreme Court to hear plea today

06 September, 2017, 19:59 | Author: Benny Bass
  • The minor girls mother had moved the apex court seeking its permission to terminate the pregnancy of her daughter

The teenage girl was allegedly impregnated by her father's business partner, who was living with the family in Mumbai, the financial hub of India.

According to sources, the court asked the hospital authorities to conduct the termination of pregnancy on8 September.

The Supreme Court on Tuesday allowed a teenage rape survivor from Mumbai to abort her 31-week-old foetus asking "how can a 13-year-old become a mother?".

Sneha Mukherjee, a lawyer from the Human Rights Law Network who was representing the girl, said the medical board had recommended an abortion. The test revealed that the girl was pregnant.

On the court's directions, the Centre last week issued instructions to all states and Union territories to set up a permanent medical board to promptly decide cases of pregnant women and girls seek nod for abortion.

The doctors have suggested that the abortion should take place after two weeks as they wanted foetus to grow further but the court ordered an immediate termination as the girl is going through severe trauma.

The girl's family had approached the Supreme Court for the decision and on Wednesday a bench of three judges led by Chief Justice Dipak Misra chose to favour the girl's plea for an abortion.

The victim's pregnancy came to light on August 9, when her parents took her to hospital for the treatment of obesity.

Nikhil Datar, a Mumbai-based doctor, said the teenager was already 27-weeks pregnant when he saw her. Police officials claim that until that moment, she had not informed her parents about the sexual assault.

Local media reports say one of her father's colleagues has been arrested on charges of raping her.

SC allows termination of 31-week-old pregnancy of 13-year-old rape survivor.

The 23-year-old accused lived with the victim's family in Charkop and is suspected to have raped the girl on multiple occasions.

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