SC allows abortion of 17-year-old Bengaluru rape victim
Two minor rape victims, a 17-year-old Bengaluru girl and a 13-year-old Delhi girl, have been permitted by the Supreme Court to abort their fetuses. Chief Justice Dipak Misra-led SC bench allowed the Bengaluru rape survivor to terminate her 24-week pregnancy. The court ordered preservation of the aborted fetus for DNA-sampling to help investigators. Karnataka Government would bear the expenses of the procedure. Read more!
The Bengaluru rape victim had approached the apex court, seeking permission to terminate her pregnancy. She had also expressed her desire to complete her studies. The Bangalore Medical College and Research Institute (BMCRI) would conduct the girl's medical termination of pregnancy (MTP) procedure.
On 1 September, the Karnataka HC rejected the 17-year-old rape survivor's abortion plea; she was over 20 weeks pregnant at the time. The court refused to examine further two medical reports it had sought earlier. Justice A Bopanna said the implied observation of the reports is that there is no risk in continuing the pregnancy, but the girl doesn't want to do so.