Kochi: The Kerala High Court passed a judgement allowing the termination of pregnancy for a 15-year-old minor girl after she was impregnated by her own sibling. The minor girl’s father filed the petition in court seeking termination of the pregnancy. The matter came under the court’s consideration because the pregnancy term exceeded 7 months.
The court, presided over by Justice Ziyad Rahman A A, made the decision on the basis of the report provided by the medical board. The report states that the continuation of the 32-week pregnancy was likely to cause severe mental and physical problems for the victim.
Taking into account of the medical report, Justice Ziyad Rahman said that, “Considering the fact that the child is born from his own sibling, various social and medical complications are likely to arise. In such circumstances, the permission as sought for by the petitioner to terminate the pregnancy is inevitable.”
He also added that “In such circumstances, I am inclined to allow medical termination of pregnancy of the daughter of the petitioner. Therefore, it is ordered that, respondents 4 (District Medical Officer, Malappuram) and 5 (Superintendent, Government Medical College Hospital, Manjeri) are directed to take urgent steps to medically terminate the pregnancy of the minor daughter of the petitioner without any delay.”