How India’s Most Important Law for Children’s Safety is Leading to Unsafe Abortions Among Teenagers

The conflict of the POCSO and the MTP Act is making doctors hesitant to provide services to girls under 18 due to fear of prosecution, and apprehensive teenaged girls are forced to seek unsafe abortion measures.
The POCSO Act, although a very important one, is now turning out to be a hurdle for these young girls. On one side is the state’s zeal to protect young girls from the risk of child marriage, young pregnancy and sexual exploitation. On the other side is a question of rights related to choice and decriminalisation of sexual activities of young people