The Punjab and Haryana high court was on Monday told by the Centre, Punjab and Haryana governments that steps were being taken to check alleged illegal sale of ‘sex-determination kits’ online.
While Haryana said it had written to various online companies to remove such advertisements, Punjab told the court that all deputy commissioners had been asked to take appropriate steps to curb sale of such kits. Haryana also told the court that it had written to the Union health ministry to take steps to block all such sites selling these kits.
The Government of India told the high court that a similar petition was pending before the Supreme Court and directions being issued by the SC were being complied with. The department of telecommunication, which is a party in the case, also told the high court that the IT department should also be made a party.
The responses came on the PIL filed by RS Dhull, who had 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”.
“There are numerous websites and stores online which are selling sex-determination kits for amounts ranging between $19 and $500,” the petitioner had submitted while naming some sites.