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Press Trust Of India
New Delhi, December 02, 2009
Under attack for allegedly hosting advertisement for pre-natal sex determination in violation of laws, search engine Google today said it follows a "strict policy" as per the law and does not post any such ads. "In India, we do not allow ads for the promotion of prenatal gender determination or preconception sex selection. We take applicable legal requirements extremely seriously and take prompt and effective action in case a violation is reported to us," a Google spokesperson said.

Google's statement came in response to a demand in the Rajya Sabha by CPI-M leader Brinda Karat today to arrest the chief of Google India and impose a ban on the site for allegedly hosting advertisements related to pre-natal sex determination in violation of existing laws.

Reacting to the allegations, the company said "The Google advertising program is managed by a set of policies which we develop based on several factors, including legal requirements and user experience."

Under the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, any entity indulging in sex determination advertisements is liable for imprisonment and fine.