Villainy of Female Foeticide: Role of Judiciary in Implementation of PCPNDT Act in India
Gender inequalities have persisted in India since centuries. Women and girls continue to be discriminated against at every stage of their life cycle. This manifests itself in the form of neglect, lack of access to education, health care, nutrition, early marriages, repeated and frequent pregnancies at a very young age, violence, infanticide and foeticide including sex selection i.e. pre-birth elimination of female foetuses, which has led to declining sex –ratio, the consequences of which are serious, all pervading and far reaching. This a matter of grave concern and needs to be addressed using a multi-pronged approach involving different sections of the society. Like other sections of the society the Judiciary also plays an important role in impacting the issue of sex-selection. The Indian judiciary has from time to time come up with ingenious ways to provide protection to the fairer sex and this essentially includes the group of unborn girls too. Since 2001, the judiciary has been closely monitoring the implementation of its various orders passed regarding the ban on the use of ultrasound scanners for conducting such tests.
Falak Naaz. Villainy of Female Foeticide: Role of Judiciary in Implementation of PCPNDT Act in India. International Journal of Academic Research and Development, Volume 3, Issue 1, 2018, Pages 1092-1099