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Gujarat HC allows another rape victim to abort foetus

25, Feb 2016
#gendered-violence #peacemap

On Wednesday, the report was placed before the court which stated that the victim’s pregnancy can be terminated under MTP Act which “may not pose any injury to the mother or the foetus.”
Written by Satish Jha | Ahmedabad | Updated: February 25, 2016 11:58 am
Pleading for abortion she has cited the section-3 of Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971 which states that “where any pregnancy is alleged by a woman to have been caused by rape.
While the Gujarat High Court Wednesday disposed of a petition of a teenage rape victim from Junagadh whose six months pregnancy was successfully terminated, a fresh direction was issued by the court for similar exercise in another petition moved by a rape victim, in her early twenties, from Rajkot who is more than four months pregnant.
In the fresh case, the rape victim from Rajkot has sought permission to abort her pregnancy which she conceived after being raped by her “boyfriend” identified as Umed P Makwana. She has stated in the petition that she “developed physical relationship with Makwana after he promised to marry her” but he dumped her. She lodged the FIR on January 28 against Makwana under sections 376 (rape), 344 (illegal confinement) and 506 (2) (criminal intimidation) of the Indian Penal Code. She has said that on November 25 she realized that “she needed to get pregnancy terminated” but she was taken away from her home and was confined for about two months by the accused and his accomplices.


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