JUSTICE DELAYED IS JUSTICE DENIED
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India's tough abortion law called the Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act bars abortions beyond 20 weeks, though courts have made exceptions if the fetus is not viable or if the mother’s life is at risk was placed in 1971. With many loopholes present still, it was passed to prevent illegal and unsafe abortions. In India, A 10 year old girl in Chandigarh was allegedly raped by her 51 year old uncle. She is six months, or 26 weeks pregnant. When her parents moved the case to the Chandigarh district court , she was denied abortion and ordered to carry the pregnancy to term. At such a tender age, not only does she not know the meaning of pregnancy, it puts her life at risk along with her unborn child.Supreme court has also denied there plea for abortion by saying it is ''neither good for the girl nor for the fetus'',but Abortion is markedly safer than childbirth. The risk of death associated with childbirth is approximately 14 times higher than that with abortion. Similarly, the overall morbidity associated with childbirth exceeds that with abortion.
In a strikingly similar case earlier this year, a court in the northern Indian state of Haryana permitted a 10-year-old girl who was 21 weeks pregnant to have an abortion.Despite the apex court's various ruling that welfare of a expecting mother is paramount,trial courts and high courts have repeatedly turned down abortion plea of rape victims and women ,having abnormal fetus,citing the present law,So why deny her her basic sexual rights and child rights,and as we all know our courts have 3 crore cases pending and it takes a lot of time to get a decision and abortion cases are required to solved in minimal time so women should be given justice also in lower courts in less time as this case is also critical now because when it started in district court the girl was 26 weeks pregnant and now after supreme courts denial she is 30 weeks pregnant it took 1 month for our courts to give a decision and still she was denied abortion.
India has the world’s largest population of sexually abused children, with a child under age 10 raped every 13 hours. This is a very important issue as 'Justice delayed is justice denied' Everyday we let this go, she is carrying a life within her which she cannot support. My fight is not only against she not getting abortion but also our courts delaying justice .
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