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Explain in Hindi and English pros and cons of pregnancy termination to rape victims: Delhi High Court

Therefore, the Court sent the victim back to the medical superintendent and medical board at Guru Teg Bahadur Hospital and asked them to again explain to the victim the pros and cons of termination of pregnancy.

“This Court notes that the medical report sent to this Court does not mention that they had told the victim that she will lose her life, therefore, it seems that there is some miscommunication. The Medical Board had rather opined that medical termination of pregnancy is possible and the victim is mentally fit to take a decision. Let the Medical Board seek her opinion once again and in case she again states that she does not want medical termination of pregnancy and wants to continue with it, she be produced before this Court on 06.11.2023 at 3:00 PM. In case she and her guardian are willing for medical termination of pregnancy and the Medical Board finds it a fit case for the same, medical termination of pregnancy of the victim be conducted on the same day following the same directions as contained in para 18 of order dated 03.11.2023 so that precious time is not lost by again seeking an order of this Court.”

The Court further said that the medical board will explain the pros and cons of medical termination of pregnancy, as well as pros and cons of continuing with the pregnancy to the victim and her guardian in Hindi which is their mother tongue so that there is no miscommunication.

“The communication so made and the consent whether in affirmative or negative of the victim and her guardian be also obtained in her mother tongue in Hindi on the medical examination report and be sent to this Court,” the Court directed.

The matter will be heard again on November 6 at 3 pm.

Source: Barandbench

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