GUIDE­LINES IS­SUED FOR IM­PLE­MEN­TA­TION OF PRO­HI­BI­TION OF SEX SE­LEC­TION LAWS

CASE - VOL­UN­TARY HEALTH AS­SO­CI­A­TION OF PUN­JAB V. UNION OF IN­DIA, WRIT PE­TI­TION (C) NO. 349 OF 2006,

Libertatem Magazine - - From The Courtroom -

The Hon'ble Apex Court show­ing grave con­cern over the half hearted im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pro­vi­sions of The Precon­cep­tion and Pre-na­tal Di­ag­nos­tic Tech­niques (Pro­hi­bi­tion of Sex Se­lec­tion) Act, 1994 and The Precon­cep­tion and Pre-na­tal Di­ag­nos­tic Tech­niques (Pro­hi­bi­tion of Sex Se­lec­tion) Rules, 1996 framed by the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties who are obliged to do so, gave the be­low men­tioned di­rec­tions:

•All the States and the Union Ter­ri­to­ries should main­tain a cen­tral­ized data­base of civil reg­is­tra­tion records from all reg­is­tra­tion units in­clud­ing the each Dis­trict, Mu­nic­i­pal­ity, Cor­po­ra­tion or Gram Pan­chayat so that in­for­ma­tion can be made avail­able from the web­site re­gard­ing the num­ber of boys and girls be­ing born.

•The pro­vi­sions con­tained in Sec­tions 22 and 23 of the Act shall be strictly ad­hered to it shall be duly com­plied with and shall be re­ported by the au­thor­i­ties so that the State Med­i­cal Coun­cil takes nec­es­sary ac­tion af­ter the in­ti­ma­tion is given un­der the said pro­vi­sion. The Ap­pro­pri­ate Au­thor­i­ties who have been ap­pointed un­der Sec­tions 17(1) and 17(2) of the Act shall be im­parted pe­ri­od­i­cal train­ing to carry out the func­tions as re­quired un­der var­i­ous pro­vi­sions of the Act.

•The statu­tory au­thor­i­ties as en­vis­aged un­der the Act should be con­sti­tuted and the com­pe­tent au­thor­i­ties shall take steps for the re­con­sti­tu­tion of the statu­tory bod­ies so that they can be­come im­me­di­ately func­tional af­ter ex­piry of the term. Also, they shall meet reg­u­larly so that the pro­vi­sions of the Act can be im­ple­mented in re­al­ity and the ef­fec­tive­ness of the leg­is­la­tion is felt and re­al­ized in the so­ci­ety.

DATE OF DECISION08.11.2016

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