Delhi HC allows minor to abort pregnancy while maintaining privacy in the process

Delhi HC allows minor to abort pregnancy   while maintaining privacy in the process

new delhi: The Delhi High Court on Monday allowed a minor girl to approach a hospital here to for medical termination of pregnancy at 11 weeks of gestation and underlined her privacy be maintained in the process by the doctors and police.

Justice Prathiba M Singh said the medical practitioner will lodge a report in the matter without disclosing the name or identity of the 14-year-old or her family and the SHO concerned also will not disclose the details during the investigation.

The court’s order came on a petition by the minor through her mother seeking directions to be allowed to undergo medical termination of pregnancy while ensuring her identity is masked.

“Petitioner is free to approach the LNJP for medical termination of pregnancy ..The report shall be lodged (by the medical practitioner) without disclosing the minor’s identity or identity of the family. SHO shall also not disclose the same during the process of investigation,” ordered the court.

Lawyer Amit Mishra, appearing for the petitioner, said the pregnancy arose from a consensual relationship.

He said the petitioner wished to protect her identity in the procedure but no registered medical practitioner was willing to perform the procedure while keeping her name

a secret.

The court noted the Supreme Court has already passed a judgement in favour of protection of a minor’s identity in cases of medical termination of pregnancy and proceeded to passed the directions.

In September 2022, the Supreme Court had extended the benefits of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to minors who engage in consensual sexual activity by exempting doctors from disclosing their identity to the local police.

The top court had said it was necessary to harmoniously read both the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act and the MTP Act.

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