New Delhi, Dec 13: Expressing concern over the falling sex ratio against the girl child, the Supreme Court on Wednesday asked the government to take all the steps so that the trend is halted and reversed.
SC expresses concern over falling sex ratio
Calling for the “constructive solution” for arresting the trend of falling sex ratio, the bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra, Justice A.M.Khanwilkar and Justice D.Y. Chandrachud said that the nodal agency and other technical experts will draw a mechanism to curb the online display of sex determition techniques.
“We are constrained to say so, as some people are guided by exposure to internet,” Chief Justice Misra said in the order.
The court agreed with senior counsel Sanjay Parikh, appearing for petitioner Sabu Mathew George, who said that despite several orders having been passed in the past to block sex determition techniques on internet, these have not achieved desired results.
The court directed the nodal agency and the technical expert to find a mechanism for taking appropriate steps so that the mandate of the Pre-conception and Pre-tal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act, 1994 (PC&PNDTAAct) is not violated.
The court said that mechanism would be filised after discussion with the representatives of the search engines - Microsoft, Google and Yahoo- and that of the petitioner as it disposed off the petition of George who had knocked the doors of the top court in 2008 seeking to block online information on sex determition techniques.
Parikh told the court that despite the setting up of the nodal agency by the Centre, it has not been effective in stopping the offending material being displayed on the internet and that the search engines were not removing the objectioble material on their own. However, Additiol Solicitor General Pinki And told the court that on receiving a complaint, the nodal agency takes steps and interacts with the representatives of search engines and objectioble materials are removed. The counsel appearing for the search engines said that it was difficult for them to removd the objectioble material on their own without a complaint as there are several permutations and combitions available for search. George had moved the top court seeking curbs on advertisement commercially promoting sex determition techniques/kits and other related things which has contributed to eschewed sex ratio. (IANS)