The Bombay High Court has raised its concern over declining sex ratio in the state of Maharashtra.
The court stated that matters pertaining to violation of sex determination laws cannot be decided leniently. This followed a recent judgement by Justice T V Nalawade, in which he rejected an anticipatory bail application filed by a doctor, who was allegedly involved in a sex determination racket.
The Judge said that in Maharashtra alone, the female child ratio has come down to about 800. Hence, the state is strictly abiding by the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Prohibition of Sex Selection) Act. To ensure compliance of the same, the doctors involved in such cases are also being jailed.
Further, Justice T V Nalawade said that it is clear that due to such a circumstance, people are resorting to go out of the state and the present case is one of such incidents.
The doctor in question was allegedly conducting sex determination tests and illegal abortions in a hospital run by him in a town in Solapur district, which is located on the border of Maharashtra and Karnataka.
While closing the judgement, Nalawade said that people like the present applicant, who are doing business on the state's boundary, are misusing the circumstances and making money out of it and considering the object behind the enactments of law regarding abortion and sex determination, the court holds that discretion cannot be used in favour of such a person.
Who: Bombay High Court
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