State wants Chief justice to ask lower courts to expedite pending cases

For effective implementation of PCPNDT Act, health dept has proposed that counsellors, medical officers be imparted training

In a bid to bring down the pendency of cases pertaining to female foeticide, the Maharashtra government will soon approach the chief justice of Bombay High Court seeking his direction to the lower courts for speedy disposal of such cases.

The issue of pending female foeticide cases came to the fore in a meeting held recently by Public Health Minister Suresh Shetty.

"The state government will request the chief justice of Bombay High Court to give directions to the lower courts to expedite the process to disposing of the cases of female foeticide pending there," a health official told PTI.

He said the HC had last year directed the lower courts to dispose of such cases within six months. "A majority of the cases have reached a logical end, but where the cases are pending the state government will approach the high court," he added.

It was also decided in the meeting that those lawyers who have fought the female foeticide cases well and won them should be honoured by the government. "Lawyers who have won the cases should be appointed as assistant public prosecutors," said the official.

The meeting proposed the need for larger publicity for effective implementation of the Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex selection) Act.

Lauding the work being done by PCPNDT cells in various districts, the meeting proposed that they should be strengthened for effective implementation of the programme. "For effective implementation of the programme, counsellors and newly-appointed medical officers should also be given training," added the official.

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