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Ordeal of a pregnant child rape survivor denied timely health care

Authors: Singh, Anupriya; Pradhan, Anagha; Rege, Sangeeta and Bhate-Deosthli, Padma

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy act bars abortion after 20 weeks even in cases of rape. The CEHAT team narrates the struggle undergone by many child rape survivors who wait for court orders to decide if a child should birth child. Munni was 28 weeks pregnant when the court granted the order for termination of her pregnancy. By the time the procedure was carried out she was 31 weeks pregnant. What caused this delay? Read ahead to find out.