SC pulls up Google, Yahoo for hosting pre-natal sex determination sites

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New Delhi: The Supreme Court on Tuesday slammed search engines Google, Micro­soft and Yahoo for showing sex determination content on its websites and called on the Centre to come up with a mem­orandum to stop the ‘abuse’.

The apex court also directed the government to hold a meet­ing with the major search en­gines and petitioners in the case.

Asserting that the Centre must immediately come up with a memorandum in the matter, the Supreme Court said it will hear the matter again on July 25.

“Can these search engines continue to violate the law? Is there nothing that can be done to completely stop them? Google, Microsoft, Yahoo can’t continue doing the illegal ac­tivity in the name of being an intermediary,” the Apex Court observed on Tuesday.

The PIL was filed by Sabu Mathew George, which sought court intervention to get the gov­ernment to crack down on adver­tisement of sex-determination kits, tools and clinics on these sites.

The PIL has alleged, sex-determination ads and links were freely available on the search engines, defeating the very purpose of the law.

 

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