A girl who was allegedly raped was granted permission by the Rajasthan high court to have an abortion in the 27th week of her pregnancy based on the findings of a medical board that was established to investigate the case.
The report, which was presented in court by additional advocate general Manish Vyas, stated that the pregnancy may be ended with minimal danger.
The Supreme Court in September said a woman must have the autonomy to exercise such rights and that any “artificial distinction between married and unmarried women cannot be sustained”. It ruled unmarried women were also entitled to seek termination of 24 weeks of pregnancy arising out of a consensual relationship.
A woman must possess the independence to exercise these rights, according to the Supreme Court, which ruled in September that any “artificial discrimination between married and unmarried women cannot be supported.” It was decided that unmarried women were also permitted to request pregnancy termination after 24 weeks if the relationship was consensual.
“Since the board has opined the pregnancy of the petitioner can be terminated with the calculated risk at this gestational age, therefore, it is directed that the petitioner shall be produced before the competent doctors…for termination of her pregnancy immediately.”
Justice Mathur asked the police to take the girl to the hospital for the termination at the earliest possible. “…all care and caution will be taken by doctors while adopting the procedure for terminating the pregnancy.”