Doctors need not disclose identity of minors seeking MTP: SC
In a significant judgment, the Supreme Court directed that in cases where minors seek termination of their pregnancy, Registered Medical Practitioners (RMPs) need not disclose the identity of the minor to the police, as is mandated under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act
The Supreme Court has extended the benefits of the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act to minors who engage in consensual sexual activity by exempting doctors from disclosing their identity to the local police.
In a landmark verdict, the top court had included unmarried women for abortion between 20-24 weeks of pregnancy under the MTP Act. Limiting the provision to cover only married women will render it discriminatory and violative of Article 14.
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