SC concerned over female foeticide, says states not active

Female foeticide

Expressing concern over police inaction to take penal action against people for indulging in female foeticide, the Supreme Court on Tuesday said it will monitor such cases to ensure that the accused are brought to book.

A Bench of Justices K S Radhakrishnan and Dipak Misra said it will pass order regarding this to keep a watch on the actions taken by Punjab, Haryana, Rajasthan, Uttar Pradesh, Bihar, Maharashtra and Delhi governments to check the menace.

In compliance of the apex court's earlier order, health secretaries of all the seven states were personally present in the court and briefed about all the steps taken by their governments under Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PNDT) Act, which prohibits determination of sex of foetus.

The Bench, however, was not satisfied by their contention and pointed out that very few people have been convicted for violating the act.

It said the apex court should monitor such cases after every three months to ensure that cases are heard expeditiously and accused be brought to book.

Concerned over the drastic drop in girl child ratio in these states, the Bench said awareness be spread that a girl child is equally important for the society.

The average count of girl child (0-6 years) in the country has dropped to 914 per 1000 boys according to the 2011 Census from 927 in 2001.

The court was hearing a PIL by NGO Voluntary Health Association of Punjab pleading it to interfere in the matter in view of decreasing number of girls/boys ratio in the country.

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