Supreme Court nods to hear rape victim’s plea against abortion laws

The Supreme Court agreed to hear a rape victim’s plea on Thursday against the country’s laws that restricts abortion after 20 weeks, even at the cost of the mother’s life.

A Bench chaired by Justices Anil R. Dave and L. Nageswara Rao agreed to hear her when senior advocate Colin Gonsalves and advocate Satya Mitra said the victim’s life was in danger.

The woman, who claims to have been sexually harassed by her fiance on the promise of marriage, challenged the 20-week cap on abortion under Section 3 (2)(b) of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971 as a violation of the right to have a dignified life for the mother, a fundamental right enshrined under Article 21.

The petition says that the ceiling is unreasonable, arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violation of the right to life and equality.

Wefornews Bureau

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