New Delhi: Delhi High Court after hearing a petition Friday did not permit an unmarried woman to undergo medical termination of pregnancy at 23 weeks by saying that it virtually amounts to killing the foetus.
Counsel for the woman petitioner submitted before the court that as the woman is unmarried and in great mental agony so is not in a position to raise the child. He submitted that law on medical termination of pregnancy in relation to unmarried women is discriminatory.
Delhi High Court Chief Justice Satish Chandra Sharma and Justice Subramonium Prasad after hearing said, “We will not permit you to kill that child. We are very sorry. This virtually amounts to killing (the foetus)”.
The court said, ” We will ensure that the girl is kept somewhere safe and she can deliver and go. There is a big queue for adoption”.
The Court said that the petitioner is kept somewhere safe until she delivers, and the child can subsequently be given up for adoption.