One of India's national newspaper, Hindu, recently reported that India's highest court of justice, the Supreme Court, notified the Centre, Google India, Yahoo India and Microsoft Corporation, trying to impose a ban on these online search engines, which have been unlawfully promoting sex selection techniques.
In a country that is characterized by stark gender inequalities, the Indian Law imposes strict action against the sale or advertisement of those facilities that allow parents to determine the sex of their unborn child. After having successfully wiping these off the television, radio and newspapers, the Indian courts are now striving to include the online media to this list.
Dr. Sabu Mathew George filed a writ petition against the three websites, highlighting the violation of the 'Preconception and Prenatal Diagnostic Techniques Act'. A three-Judge Bench of Chief Justice K.G. Balakrishnan and Justices P. Sathasivam and J.M. Panchal subsequently issued notice on this writ. Dr. George wants the Supreme Court to give the Center a direction to take punitive and deterrent action against the three companies.
This has been a giant leap by the Indian law-givers in demonstrating that everything in this country is subservient to equality and justice.