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Right to human dignity

Ujjwala Mhatre

DOI: 10.20529/IJME.2010.014


The Supreme Court (SC) judgment on the right of a mentally retarded woman to continue with her pregnancy was the outcome of a petition filed in the apex court. This petition appealed against the order of the Punjab and Haryana HC to terminate the pregnancy of a woman who had been raped by staff at the government shelter, Nari Niketan, in Sector 26, Chandigarh where she was an inmate. The High Court had based its reasoning on the fact that the woman was an orphan suffering from mental retardation and would therefore, be unable to look after the child once it was born.

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