New Delhi: The Delhi High Court has issued guidelines to be followed by the authorities and doctors in the case of pregnant women who have been sexually assaulted. The Delhi High Court has said in its judgment that the police should take the victim to the hospital within 24 hours after issuing an order for the abortion of the victim of sexual harassment.
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Justice Swarankant Sharma emphasized the ‘vital role’ to be played by doctors in such cases, especially involving minor girls. Along with this, in such cases care should be taken to preserve the fetus for evidence and not hastily discharge the victim from the hospital. It is said that it will endanger her life.
The court issued these instructions while rejecting the bail plea of the minor girl rape accused on August 9. The 16-year-old victim was admitted to the hospital three days after the abortion order was executed. And the court observed in the present case that she was released without any guidelines.
Meanwhile, the court expressed displeasure over the doctor’s negligence, in this case, the victim was sent home by the doctor who could not save her seven-week-old fetus. The court said that due to the negligence of the doctor concerned, important evidence was destroyed.
The Delhi High Court has issued guidelines to be followed by the authorities and doctors in the case of pregnant women who have been sexually assaulted.
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