Fearing social stigma the mother of the 15-year-old pregnant girl from Bhayander, introduced herself as her ‘aunt’ to the police and hospital authorities. She then forcefully took her daughter back home to Uttar Pradesh, even after the doctors warned her the health risks that looms over the girl as she is more than three months pregnant. While experts believe that if the girl goes ahead with the abortion, she can face complications. The doctors from the KEM Hospital fear that after discharging the girl, the ‘aunt’ might forcefully make the girl undergo an illegal abortion, which can be dangerous.
According to the police, the girl’s boyfriend is also a minor and is her classmate. The girl was accompanied by her ‘aunt’ to the hospital and requested the doctors to conduct an abortion despite knowing that it was a legal case. The doctors informed the police and a case of rape was registered at the Bhayander police station.
“Undergoing second trimester abortion causes complications like severe bleeding and there is also a risk of incomplete abortion and this could affect her health,” said Priti Kadam, gynaecologist. “Under proper guidance, the girl should get admitted in a hospital and could get an abortion done before 20 weeks of the pregnancy, either through medicines or surgery,” said Kadam.
“The mother was very adamant to leave the hospital. I, personally counselled both of them but she feared social stigma and was inconsolable. She forced us to sign the discharge papers. She told us that she is taking her to their native village,” said Shubhangi Parkar, acting dean, KEM hospital.