The Supreme Court will on Thursday hear a plea challenging the validity of abortion laws in India.
The petition, which was filed by a woman in her 24th week of her pregnancy, argues that current laws deny women's rights to abort in case of extraordinary medical complications.
The petition also challenges the constitutional validity of section 3(2) of Medical Termination of Pregnancy Act 1971 prescribing a ceiling of 20 weeks.
As the laws currently don't permit an abortion after 20 weeks of pregnancy, the petition argues that the ceiling is unreasonable, arbitrary, harsh, discriminatory and violative of the right to life and equality.
The petitioner has sought that the relevant section must be declared unconstitutional or read down.