Holding the “best interests” of victim to be paramount, the Gujarat High Court in a recent case has ordered termination of 22 weeks pregnancy of a rape victim. The Petitioner was a minor 14-year old girl, who had approached the Sessions Court for termination of her pregnancy when she was 18-weeks pregnant. However, the Sessions Judge disallowed her request relying on the provisions of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, as well the medical examination of Assistant Professor of Government Medical College.
Aggrieved by the order of Sessions Court, the victim approached Gujarat High Court in appeal requesting termination of pregnancy.
Submitted by : Nishit Shah