SC notice to Centre on PIL seeking 10-yr-old rape survivor’s
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The Supreme Court has issued a notice to the Centre and others on a PIL seeking its permission to allow a 10-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 26-week-old pregnancy. The PIL was filed after a Chandigarh district court on July 18 refused to let the girl undergo the abortion after it was confirmed that she was 26-weeks-pregnant. The SC has asked the member secretary of Chandigarh Legal Services Authority to get the rape survivor examined by a board of doctors on July 26 at PGI, Chandigarh. The medical board will have to examine the aspect whether if they allow the girl to abort the foetus, then what could be the possible risk of her life.
The petition had sought appropriate guidelines be framed to set up a permanent medical board in each district of India for expedient termination of pregnancies in exceptional cases involving child rape survivors under the best possible medical facilities and sought amendment of Section 3 of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, so as to permit termination of pregnancies of more than 20 weeks.
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