Monday, April 19, 2021

13-yr-old girl gets pregnant from 14-yr-old brother: Kerala HC allows medical termination of pregnancy


Kerala high court

 has allowed 

medical termination of pregnancy

 (MTP) of a 13-year-old girl who was allegedly raped by her 14-year-old brother.

Justice Bechu Kurian Thomas

 allowed MTP for the girl from Malappuram district after considering a petition (WP-C No. 9982/2021) of her parents through advocate K Rakesh. She is now 26 weeks pregnant. 

The judgment said a case was registered and it is suspected during investigation that the 14-year-old sibling of the victim committed the offence. A report in that regard was filed before the 

juvenile justice board

, the judgment stated.

While allowing MTP after obtaining a report from a medical team at 

Government Medical College

, Kozhikode, the court said the pregnancy will cause a grave injury to the minor which will remain a scar throughout her life. “It may even have the possibility of reminding the victim of the incident of rape. It is obviously not in the interest of the society to have this young victim to undergo the trauma of the incident of rape everyday in her life. The anguish that the pregnancy causes to her will be lifelong and she may have to live with the traumatic experience throughout her life. The parents and the siblings will also have to share this trauma throughout their lives,” the judgment said.

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