Doctors Start Abortion Procedure on Teenage Rape Survivor in Gujarat

Doctors on Friday started the medical procedure to abort a 25-week pregnancy of a minor rape victim after Supreme Court intervened in the girl’s favour, in what might be a first of its kind case in the Indian medico-legal history.

The procedure being conducted by a team of five doctors at the civil hospital here to remove the foetus from the 14-year-old girl is expected to take about 24 to 36 hours, doctors said.

“If this procedure of medical termination of pregnancy will not work until tomorrow, then the doctors will perform a surgery on the girl after that,” added Dr Prabhakar.

Dr Prabhakar said the girl was given some drug that will increase the size of the uterus and thereafter the foetus can be removed.

He said the condition of the girl is good, but she is under severe trauma and that is affecting her mental state.

The law says that termination of pregnancy of above 20 weeks is not allowed. However, in a legal intervention which came as a great relief to the 14-year-old girl and her family, the top court gave a go ahead for abortion of the 25-week foetus.

“Supreme Court usually does not give permission in such cases. Here they have given it on the peculiar facts of this case,” senior advocate in the Supreme Court Kamini Jaiswal, who appeared for the rape-victim, told PTI.

Ms Jaiswal was asked whether this case is the first of its kind of medical termination of pregnancy after court intervention in a case where the foetus exceeded 20 weeks

Father of the rape-victim, who was sitting outside the ward of the civil hospital, said he will be relieved once his daughter gets rid of the pain.

“We are praying that she be fine soon and will go back to our town to begin a new life. She is yet to complete her school studies,” he said.

The girl became pregnant after being allegedly raped by a doctor Jatin Mehta whom she had visited for treatment of typhoid earlier this year.

She and her family had to pass through a long drawn legal process for getting the order of termination of pregnancy in their favour as earlier Himmatnagar session court and later the Gujarat High Court had denied permission to abort the foetus as it was older than 20 weeks.

Recently, the Supreme Court had come to the rescue of the minor and said she can undergo abortion if medical experts allow it.

The Supreme Court bench of Justices AR Dave and Kurian Joseph had said it would ask the civil hospital here to get the girl examined by gynecologists and a clinical psychologist.

“If they say that she has to be operated upon then let them do it with the consent of the girl and her parents,” the top court had said.

The Supreme Court had also directed that in case of abortion, a DNA test of the foetus should be carried out which can help in the trial of the accused doctor.