SC admits PIL to check illegal abortions

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New Delhi, Sep 21 (UNI) The Supreme Court today admitted a PIL seeking to check the increasing incident of female foeticide through illegal abortions in the country.

A bench comprising Chief Justice K G Balakrishnan and Justices R V Raveendran and D K Jain, admitted the petition filed by Prabhakar Deshpande who contended that on an average one million female foeticide through abortions takes place which is disturbing the gender ratio in the society.

Despite the enactment of Pre Natal (sex) Determination Test Act in 1994, menace of killing female children even before they are born is on the rise as the authorities do not have time and infrastructure to monitor the PNDT Act.

Central Government niether has the budget nor has the neccesary staff.

The petitioner has prayed to the court to limit the number of machines used in abortion and the appropriate authority should have sufficient staff to implement the Act which prohibit abortions in case the baby in womb is identified as female.

Imbalance between the two genders may also lead to rise in violence against women, women trafficking and possibly increase in crime and terrorism.

UNI

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