The Delhi High Court Thursday allowed termination of 24-week pregnancy of a minor rape victim, after a medical board set up by the Ram Manohar Lohia (RML) Hospital said there was a significant risk to the teenager in continuing with it. 

The medical opinion of the hospital was placed before Justice Vibhu Bakhru, who discussed it in-chamber with the 16-year-old girl and her parents before delivering the order in the open court.

The judge told the doctor from RML, who was present in court, to ensure the procedure is carried out within 24 hours. The doctor told the court that risk associated with the procedure, including surgery, has been explained to the victim and it can be carried out within a few hours of receiving the order. 

Taking note of the statement, the court said the “procedure be carried out as expeditiously as possible” and to “preserve the DNA” for use as evidence.

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