New Delhi: The Delhi High Court today directed the AIIMS to constitute a medical board and examine a 15-year-old pregnant girl seeking termination of her foetus.
Justices S Muralidhar and IS Mehta said that a report of the medical board be submitted to it on 22 December to know whether medical termination of the foetus was advisable as the pregnancy was of over 25 weeks.
Section 3(2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act prohibits abortion of a foetus after 20 weeks of pregnancy.
In pursuance to the court’s direction yesterday, the girl today filed an affidavit stating that she wanted to get her pregnancy terminated.
Advocate Kamlesh Kumar Mishra, appearing for the girl, claimed that the minor had changed her mind earlier under police influence and now she was for a medical termination of the foetus as she wanted to pursue her studies.
The bench said, “Given the urgency, no time be wasted and the medical board should be immediately constituted by the medical superintendent of the AIIMS and the girl be medically examined.”
It said that the medical board’s report be filed before the court on 22 December, and the girl, along with her parents, should be present on that day.
The judge had yesterday asked the girl to “unambiguously” state whether she wanted an abrotion as she had changed her stand on the matter several times.
It had said that before passing any order, it needed to be sure that the teenager, who yesterday told the judges she wanted an abortion, would not change her mind again.
The bench had noted that the girl, who had left her house and married a man on her free will, changed her mind thrice between 8 December, when she appeared before the Child Welfare Committee (CWC), and 13 December, when she had gone for her medical examination to the All India Institute of Medical Sciences, and again in the court.
The police had on 27 November taken into custody the man to whom the girl was married under the provisions of the Protection Of Children from Sexual Offences Act and the Indian Penal Code.