With all the advancement and development happening we usually tend to ignore the realities we live in. Our Constitution is a blessing and so our are rights, but are we really as free as we claim to be? This news mirrors the cruel truth of our society and so-called law and justice.
On 25th July, the Supreme Court granted a woman in the 24th week of her pregnancy permission to have an abortion. After a medical report confirmed that going through with the pregnancy would be life-threatening, the Supreme Court said, “As per existing law if there is danger to the health of the mother, the foetus can be aborted. We advise the petitioner to terminate the pregnancy.” In the meanwhile, a 15-year-old girl who had also been raped and was in the 24th week of her pregnancy, has moved the Delhi High Court for permission to have an abortion.
Currently, Section 3 of the Act only allows for termination of a pregnancy up to the 20th week when there is a danger to the life or risk to physical and mental health of the woman, on humanitarian grounds, such as when pregnancy is the result of rape, or if there is “substantial risk” that the child will be born with serious mental or physical abnormalities.
In 2015, the Punjab and Haryana High Court rejected the plea of a 14-year-old rape survivor to terminate her 24-week pregnancy, saying going ahead with the abortion put her life at greater risk than continuing with the pregnancy. In another judgment the same year, the Gujarat High Court rejected the abortion plea of a 24-year-old who was abducted from her village in Botad and raped. Forced to give birth to her rapist’s child, the woman refused to keep it and handed over the newborn to the state government.
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