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,
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