All women are safe and entitled to a legal abortion process and also make any distinction between an unmarried and married woman. This regard is unconstitutional as the supreme court ruled today.
The groundbreaking judgment by the bench of Justice DY Chandrachud as he is Justice AS Bopanna and Justice JB Pardiwala. He also saw the court recognize marital rape. The court ruled that under the medical termination of pregnancy act, the definition of rape must include marital rape. The observation may pave the way for later judgment on the subject of intense debate in the country and on marital rape.
The court said that married women also form part of a class of survivors of sexual assault or rape. The ordinary meaning of the word rape is sexual intercourse with a person without their consent or against their will regardless of whether such forced intercourse occurs in the context of matrimony.
The marital status of a woman can not be a ground to deprive her of the right to abortion. These are the words of the court. While unmarried women would be entitled to terminate an unwanted pregnancy within 24 weeks.
The judgment said that the consequences of unwanted pregnancy on women’s bodies and minds can not be understated. The stressing that the biological process of pregnancy transforms the body of women and the decision to carry a pregnancy to full term or terminate is firmly rooted in the right to bodily autonomy and decisional autonomy of the pregnant women.
- Who is taking action against marital rape and unwanted pregnancy?
Ans. Supreme court
- How much time is provided by the supreme court for pregnancy termination?
Ans. 24 weeks
- Do women have the right to decide regarding abortion?
Ans. Yes legally