During Obesity Test, 13-Year-Old Mumbai Girl Found To be 27 Weeks Pregnant

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| August 11 , 2017 , 12:47 IST

A 13-year-old girl from the western suburbs of Mumbai was rapidly gaining weight when her concerned parents took her to a doctor. While testing for thyroid problems, or other issues that may be causing the girl to become 'obese' the doctor discovered that the young girl was 27 weeks pregnant, well beyond the 20-week limit for abortion under the Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act.

The Mumbai girl reportedly went into a shell when she found out about the pregnancy which entered the third trimester this week, completing six and a half months. She has not yet disclosed any details to the police regarding a possible sexual assault, but the Charkop police have registered a case of sexual assault against an unknown person.  

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Police told media that the victim is in shock. "She has not told us who is responsible for the sexual assault or where it occurred. The incident occurred at least seven months ago," a senior police officer said.

The family of the girl approached renowned gynaecologist Dr. Nikhil Datar who has helped women in the past approach the Supreme Court to grant sanctions for late-term abortions. Dr. Datar then alerted the Dindoshi police as under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012 any incident of minor pregnancy is presumed to be an assault.

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"The girl, studying in the sixth or seventh standard, was clueless that she was carrying a baby. Her mother asked if she can undergo an abortion. Since she can't as per the law, we plan to approach the Supreme Court on Monday," said Dr. Datar.

The girl has now been referred to JJ hospital for a detailed examination. The Child Welfare Committee (CWC) will be involved as she is under-aged.

According to Dr. Arun Nayak, associate professor of gynaecology at the Sion Hospital, the number of cases of teenage pregnancy has gone down over the years.