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Delhi High Court directs LNJP Hospital to evaluate minor rape victim with 25-week pregnancy

The Courts direction came on a petition filed by a mother of minor child-rape victim who had suffered sexual assault.

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The Delhi High Court on Friday directed the Medical Superintendent, LNJP Hospital to constitute a medical board comprising a gynaecologist and a psychiatrist to evaluate a minor rape victim both “physically” and “psychologically” within three days of her plea seeking medical termination of her 25-week pregnancy. 

Further, Justice Anu Malhotra directed the board to give their opinion in relation to the medical termination of the pregnancy and the safety of the girl child and submit its report by January 18, 2021. The Court listed the matter for January 18, 2021 at the top of the supplementary list. 

The Court’s direction came on a petition filed by the mother of a minor child rape victim. The petitioner sought directions to the Department of Health and Family Welfare, Government of Delhi to medically terminate the pregnancy of her minor daughter. The petitioner contended that its causing grave harm and threat to her physically, psychologically and emotionally. 

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The petitioner submitted that her daughter is about 16 years old and has been burdened with an unwanted pregnancy which can jeopardise her entire life.

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