The Punjab and Haryana high court has issued a notice to Punjab, Haryana, the Centre and the latter’s department of telecommunications for alleged illegal sale of sex determination kits online.
The petitioner, RS Dhull, has submitted that sex determination was banned in India under the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994. However, despite numerous directions by various courts, the parties in question were showing laxity in the “grave matter” of pre-natal determination of sex and subsequent female foeticide.
Acting on the public interest litigation (PIL), the court on Wednesday issued a notice of motion for March 3 to various parties, including Punjab, Haryana, Centre and the department of telecommunications.
“There are numerous websites and stores online which are selling sex determination/gender determination kits for amounts ranging between $19 and $500,” the petitioner has submitted while naming a few of them. He has also alleged that on these websites, such places were also referred to where these tests were being conducted.
He had sought directions to these respondents to make a comprehensive database of such tests and kits and thereafter block any such content at the level of search sites so that no such information was flashed while it was being searched by an individual.
He also submitted that the import of such kits was banned in India, adding that customs officials should be provided with a list of such products so that these could be intercepted during customs checks itself and strict action taken against person(s) guilty of importing it.