Rapping online search engines like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft for patently violating Indian law, the Supreme Court on Tuesday asked the Centre to hold a meeting with their technical experts so as to find a solution to check advertisements and information on pre-natal sex determination being hosted by them.
A bench headed by Justice Dipak Misra asked the Centre to convene a meeting of technical experts and the search engines within 10 days to explore ways to block such advertisements.
“The meeting would be attended by Google, Yahoo, Microsoft and the petitioner would be welcome to give his suggestions,” it said, adding that “they are patently violating the Indian law and are saying that they cannot do anything. It is not acceptable and this needs to be controlled. They can’t put anything which is against the law of the country.”
The apex court had in January last year directed the search engines to strictly comply with Indian laws and lock advertisements on sex determination of a foetus.
The court was hearing a PIL filed by Dr Sabu Mathew George in 2008, seeking blocking or withdrawal of advertisements relating to pre-natal determination of sex on popular search engines.
Holding such advertisements to be violative of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques (PC-PNDT) Act, 1994, the petition claims that using the internet for promoting or communicating about the practice of undertaking sex determination or sex selection was prohibited and punishable under the Act.
The 1994 Act was enacted to stop female foeticides and arrest the declining sex ratio in India. It banned pre-natal sex determination.