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Kolkata: In a first, Calcutta High Court has granted permission for abortion to a homemaker who is six months pregnant.

The Medical Termination of Pregnancy (MTP) Act, 1971, the law that governs abortion criteria in India, does not permit abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy.

But the homemaker from Jodhpur Park in south Kolkata, who is now into 24-weeks of pregnancy, moved the High Court on 8 January seeking permission for an abortion.

This after medical reports stated that the foetus in her womb is not developing properly, especially as regards the brain and lungs. Medical reports added that the child is likely to be born with inherent maladies and, the woman may also face health risks during childbirth.

Hearing the plea, justice Tapabrata Chakraborty of the High Court on 11 January ordered the woman to undergo a medical test at the state-run SSKM Hospital in the city.

The test was conducted on 12 January by a special medical board set up in 2017 for the purpose of examining such cases.

In the report furnished to the High Court today, the board nodded in favour of the abortion. Acting on this, justice Chakraborty granted permission to the woman for the abortion.

The abortion shall have to be carried out at the SSKM Hospital under a team headed by the head of the department of gynaecology PS Chakraborty. The judge has asked the board to furnish a report once the process gets over.

With this, this has become the first instance, wherein Calcutta HC has granted permission for abortion to someone who is six months pregnant.

Supreme Court, however, had passed such orders in the past.

Sources informed that the woman will be admitted to SSKM Hospital on Tuesday itself for undergoing the abortion.

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