Teenage Chennai Sex Racket Victim Gets Medical Board’s Nod

The minor is three months pregnant and admitted to hospital.

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Medical board has allowed pregnancy termination of a 14-year-old in Chennai. (Photo Courtesy: The News Minute)

She is just 14-years-old and was pushed into the sex trade by her relatives. She was rescued a year ago, but she went missing from the shelter home for five months. When she was rescued again, she was already pregnant. Now, with the medical board’s nod, she will be able to undergo an abortion.

A Special Medical Board which was formed by the Madras High court has allowed the termination.

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

On Tuesday, the minor was produced in the Madras High Court. Activist A Narayanan had 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 termination.

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.

A Narayanan, Activist

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.

Sheila, CWC in-charge

The minor girl was sent to an NGO called Madras Christian Council of Social Service (MCCSS) after she was rescued. She went missing from there and was found five months later after a habeas corpus petition was filed in the Madras High court.

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 pressurised her, according to a Times of India report.

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.

Sheila, CWC in-charge

The Child Welfare Committee is planning to admit her to school and take care of her. But Sheila says, “If her parents ask for her custody we cannot deny it.”

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