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20-year-old unmarried girl will be delivered in AIIMS, Supreme Court order- Interested parents will be able to adopt the child

New Delhi : The Supreme Court has ordered the delivery of a 20-year-old unmarried girl in AIIMS. The top court has said that after delivery the child should be given to the parents willing to adopt it. The said parents have already registered for adoption. A 20-year-old unmarried woman had approached the Supreme Court seeking termination of her 29-week pregnancy. The Supreme Court said that this order is being given in very special circumstances because the girl had come in a very late stage of her pregnancy, in such a situation, the Supreme Court issued the direction using its power under Article 142.

The petitioner is not in a position to take care of the child
The matter was being heard by a bench headed by Chief Justice DY Chandrachud and Justices PS Narasimha and Justice JB Pardiwala. The bench noted that Additional Solicitor General (ASG) Aishwarya Bhati and Dr. Amit Mishra, who interacted with the petitioner, stated that the petitioner did not want to keep the child with her after the delivery. The bench said that in these circumstances, keeping in view the late stage of pregnancy, it is considered to be in the best interest of the mother and the fetus that the child may be given for adoption after delivery. The adoption request has been suggested on behalf of the petitioner as she is not in a position to take care of the child.

Talked to the petitioner’s sister as well
Bhati told the court that he had spoken to the petitioner’s sister as well. The purpose of this was to find out whether she would be ready to adopt the child. However, the sister expressed her inability to do so due to various reasons. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta and Bhati informed the court about this. He told the court that efforts have been made to facilitate the process of adoption of the child after delivery on behalf of the prospective parents registered with the Child Adoption Resource Authority (CARA) under the Union Ministry of Women and Child Development.

(with agency inputs)

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