Alarmed over the growing instances of female foeticide and declining sex ratio in the country, the Supreme Court on Friday sought a response from the Centre and all state governments on a PIL seeking strict implementation of the law prohibiting sex determination tests.
A Bench comprising Justice KG Balakrishnan and Justice DK Jain issued notices to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Women and Chilld Development and all state governments and Union Territories on a petition seeking to make the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic techniques (Prohibition on Sex-Selection) Act, 1994 stricter by bringing in amendments into it.
The PIL filed by an NGO, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, said though the Act was amended in 2003 pursuant to the apex court direction, there was need for guidelines for proper and full implementation of the Act.
Senior advocate Colin Gonsalves, appearing for the NGO, said recognition of pre-birth sex selection should be declared as medical malpractice and offence as it involves misuse of medical technology by doctors for greed of money.
Giving state-wise breakup of the declining sex ratio, the PIL asked the court to direct reconstitution of the advisory committees throughout the country by removing private doctors and putting reputed NGOs and individuals committed to the implementation of the Act.