Supreme Court to hear case against Google, Microsoft, Yahoo over sex determination sites

The Supreme Court of India will today, Monday, hear a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) in which Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and other search engines are joined for allegedly putting up advertisements selling pre-natal sex determination kits.

Supreme Court of India

Supreme Court of India

The top court in July had concluded that the companies’ search engines violated the laws by hosting advertisements for tools, kits and clinics that help determine the sex of a foetus.

“Can these search engines continue to violate the law? Is there nothing that can be done to completely stop them? Google, Microsoft, Yahoo can’t continue doing the illegal activity in the name of being an intermediary,” the top court had observed.It had also called on the Centre to come up with a memorandum to stop the “abuse”.

The government had held consultative meeting with the companies to reach a solution.

The PIL was filed by Sabu Mathew George, who sought the court’s intervention to get the government to crack down on advertisement of sex-determination kits, tools and clinics on websites.

Mr George has alleged that sex-determination ads and links were freely available on the search engines, defeating the purpose of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, enacted in 1994 to stop female foeticides and check the declining sex ratio in India.

Prenatal sex determination was made illegal in India in 1994 to prevent sex-selective abortions.


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