On Monday, Bombay high court rejected the plea of a 17-year-old rape survivor for aborting her 27-week-long pregnancy. The court refused this on the basis of possible life threat to the life of the mother. However, the high court kept her petition pending to ensure she is compensated under the Manodhairya scheme and allowed her to give up the child for adoption after its birth.
A panel of six doctors of Pune’s BJ Medical (Sassoon) College had given a report regarding the health condition of the girl. The report said the foetus did not suffer from any anomaly, so there was no problem completing the pregnancy. But, abortion may pose a threat to her life.
Thus, a bench of Justice Abhay Oka and MS Sonak rejected the girl’s plea under provisions of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act.
The girl is a resident of a village in Maharashtra’s Satara district. She was allegedly raped by an acquaintance at her grandparents’ house earlier this year.

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