Delhi court permits HIV+ girl to terminate pregnancy

New Delhi, Dec 6 : The Delhi High Court Friday allowed the plea of a HIV-positive teenager, who was rescued from a brothel, for termination of her pregnancy.

Justice Sunita Gupta permitted the 19-year-old girl to terminate her pregnancy after accepting her submissions that she was from the poor strata of the society and "it was a forced pregnancy amounting to rape as she was in the brothel".

The court directed the Delhi government to take her to Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital while asking its medical superintendent to constitute a medical board to examine her and "terminate her pregnancy within three days".

It also directed the government to ensure that the girl got proper medicines and diet during the treatment.

Allowing her termination of pregnancy, the court also accepted the girl's argument that she also wanted to abort the foetus on grounds of ill health.

The court's order came after the Delhi government responded to the court's notice and said that it had no objection to getting the 19-week-old foetus aborted.

The girl, in her plea, said she was rescued from a brothel along with other girls by police during a raid.

According to the petition, all the girls were sent to the care of Nari Niketan.

She added that she had informed the authorities that she is pregnant and wanted to terminate it as the child was conceived in forceful and undesired sexual intercourse.

She moved the high court when her repeated requests for abortion were ignored by the state authorities.

--IANS (Posted on 06-12-2013)

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