For the second time in a week, pending regulations banning prenatal sex determination, the Punjab and Haryana High Court has taken notice of the continued incidence of the crime of female foeticide.
A Single Bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan noted in a petition made to quash an FIR lodged in a case involving charges of forced abortion and women's foeticide,
".... the danger of female foeticide.... has been widespread in culture for a long time. Notwithstanding the fact that the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, 1994 ('PCPNDT Act') was introduced to curtail the pre-diagnostic sex assessment, however, it is a well-known fact that the tradition of aborting the foetus persists since deciding the sex."
In another recently passed judgement, Justice Jhingan made allied observations, highlighting that after the implementation of the Pre-Conception and Pre-Natal Diagnostic Techniques Act, it is a well-known fact that the tradition of aborting the foetus persists after deciding its sex.