She is three months pregnant and admitted to hospital

Safe to terminate pregnancy teenage Chennai sex racket victim gets medical boards nod Image for representation
news Saturday, January 09, 2016 - 14:23

She is just 14-years-old and was pushed into sex trade by her relatives. She was rescued from a sex racket a year-ago, but she went missing from the shelter home for five months. When she was rescued again, she was already pregnant, but now will be able to abort the foetus.

A Special Medical Board which was asked to be formed by the Madras High court to decide whether to terminate the pregnancy of the 14-year-old girl has allowed to terminate her pregnancy.

Sources in the Child Welfare Committee (CWC) told The News Minute, “According to the medical reports, the board has decided to terminate the pregnancy of the minor girl. She is three months pregnant and admitted to hospital. But now the hospital committee will be having a discussion about it.”

On Tuesday, minor was produced in the Madras High court to decide whether her pregnancy should be terminated or not.

Activist A Narayanan filed a petition asking to constitute a Special Medical Board with experts from government hospitals to take a decision on the victim’s medical condition and whether the pregnancy can be terminated under the guidance of the Special medical Board without risking the life of the victim. 

He said, “The Madras High Court on Tuesday asked the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital for Women and Children to constitute a medical board and take a decision to abort the child or not.”

Talking about the medical board, Sheila, in-charge of CWC said, “Two gynecologists, two psychologists, a psychiatrist from Kasturba Gandhi Hospital and people from Child Welfare Committee met on Friday and the medical reports came by Friday evening.”    

The girl was sent into prostitution by her own relatives. She was rescued from a sex racket about a year ago by CWC. She was sent to an NGO called Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS) . She went missing from there and was found five months later after a habeas corpus petition was filed in the Madras High court. But she was pregnant when she came back.

The NGO MCCSS has a different story to tell. MCSS said that they have good security arrangements and claimed that the minor ran away from the place and returned only after CBCID pressurized her to return back, as reported by TOI.

“After we rescued her, we had taken good care of her for eight months. Then we sent her to NGO called MCCSS for rehabilitation. The girl told us that she was taken away by another girl in the NGO. But we think she ran away from the place and came back after pressure from CB-CID,” said Sheila.

The Child Welfare Committee is planning to admit her to school and take care of her. But the CWC incharge Sheila said, “She has a parent so if they ask for custody we cannot deny it.”



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