New Delhi (PTI): The Supreme Court on Friday refused to issue contempt notice to the Centre for its alleged laxity in implementation of the law prohibiting sex determination tests which were coming in the way of checking female foeticide.
"There is nothing to issue notice of contempt to the Health Ministry or the Health Minister," a Bench comprising Justices Ashok Bhan and D J Jain said asking the petitioner to file a proper writ petition.
"We will see what could be done after you file a writ petition," the Bench observed while dismissing the contempt petition filed by a social worker Prabhakar Deshpande.
However, the Bench said it was aware of the reality and said there are some districts in Haryana where the sex ratio has gone down to 660.
Deshpande had alleged that due to insufficient budget allocation and manpower authorities have failed to implement in its true spirit the provisions of the legislation Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic techniques (Prohibition on Sex-Selection) Act, 1994, commonly known as PNDT Act.
The court last year had expressed concern over growing instances of female foeticide and declining sex ratio in the country and had issued notices to the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, Ministry of Law and Ministry of Women and Child Development and all state governments and Union Territories on a petition seeking to make the PNDT Act stricter by bringing in amendments to it.
The PIL filed by an NGO, Voluntary Health Association of Punjab, had said though the Act was amended in 2003 pursuant to the apex court direction, there was need for guidelines for proper and full implementation of the Act.