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Constitute medical board to examine the unmarried single for termination of pregnancy: Bombay HC

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Justice Nitin Jamdar and N.R. Borkar directed to constitute a Medical Board at civil hospital Ratnagiri consisting of doctors qualified and suitable to give an opinion as envisaged under section 3 of the Act of 1971.

The 23-year-old girl approach to the Bombay high court praying for termination of her 24 weeks pregnancy. The Petitioner contended that she had consensual physical relations with a boy from the same city and they have separated ways. According to her, she detected that she is the pregnant first time on 20 May 2020, when she was 23 weeks and four days pregnant. She states that being an unmarried single woman is a social stigma and she cannot carry on the pregnancy and raise the child.

It was contended on behalf of the petitioner that compilation of decisions to substantiate his contention that even such a factual situation contemplated under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act, 1971, and necessary direction can be issued.

The court has directed the petitioner to report before the board on 30 May 2020 and further directed the medical board to submit the report to the court by 1st of June 2020

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