‘Was once normal for girls to deliver child before turning 17…’: Gujarat HC hears rape survivor's abortion plea
A judge of the Gujarat High Court remarked on Wednesday that it was once normal for girls to marry and have a child before 17. The assertion came while the HC was hearing a minor rape survivor's plea for permission to terminate her pregnancy.
The Gujarat High Court on Wednesday asserted that it was once normal for girls to marry at a young age and deliver a child before they turned 17. The remarks came while the court was hearing a minor rape survivor's abortion plea, with the judge also asking the petitioner to ‘read the Manusmriti’. The petitioner is 16 years and 11 months old and carrying a seven-month-old foetus.