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Pregnant 10 year old girl cannot abort foetus, Supreme Court tells rape victim

New Delhi: The Supreme Court has rejected a plea of a pregnant 10 year old girl rape survivor who sought the court’s nod for terminating the 32-week-old pregnancy after taking note of a medical report that abortion was neither good for the girl nor for the foetus.



A bench took note of the report of the medical board set up by Postgraduate Institute of Medical Education and Research, Chandigarh to examine the rape survivor and the consequences if the termination of pregnancy was allowed.

The victim filed a PIL in the apex court after a Chandigarh district court on July 18 refused to let the girl undergo an abortion after it was confirmed that she was 26-week pregnant at the time of filing the petition.

It is to be noted that courts allow medical termination of pregnancy up to 20 weeks under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act and can make an exception if the foetus is proved to be genetically abnormal.

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