In a significant ruling, the Kerala High Court has granted permission for the medical termination of pregnancy for a minor girl who was impregnated by her own brother. The court stated that denying the abortion could lead to various social and medical complications.
Justice Ziyad Rahman A A considered the report of a medical board that was appointed to examine the girl. The report concluded that continuing the pregnancy beyond 32 weeks would pose a serious risk to the social and mental well-being of the 15-year-old victim. The court recognized the potential complications arising from the fact that the child is born from her own sibling.
After reviewing the medical report, it was evident that the girl is physically and mentally fit for the medical termination of pregnancy. The report further emphasized that continuing the pregnancy would cause significant harm to the social and mental health of the child. Additionally, the medical board indicated that there was a possibility of the girl giving birth to a live baby.
In light of these findings, the court ruled in favor of allowing the medical termination of the petitioner’s minor daughter’s pregnancy. The District Medical Officer, Malappuram, and the Superintendent, Government Medical College Hospital, Manjeri, were directed to take immediate steps to perform the procedure without any delay.
The court has scheduled a follow-up hearing a week from May 19, during which a report on the completion of the medical termination procedure must be presented.
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