Felony of female Foeticide – Role of judiciary in implementation of PCPNDT act in India
The worst manifestation in our country is the gender discrimination. India is one of the several countries where higher sex ratio is observed and equally patriarchal in nature. Maharashtra was the first state to adopt law against the practice in the 1988. With the increasing availability of sex screening technology in India, the government of India passed Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques Act (PNDT) in 1994. This law was further amended into the Pre-conception and Pre-natal Diagnostic Techniques (Regulation and Prevention of Misuse) PCPNDT Act in 2004, to deter and punish parental sex screening and female feticide. However there are concerns that PCPNDT Act has been poorly enforced by authorities. God is the author of life and nobody should have right to take it. The unscrupulous murder of female feticide has no ground for justification. More and more people are in urban as well as rural parts all over the community getting involved in this malpractice. The author of this article clearly explains the reasons for the heinous crime of female feticide and role of judiciary in implementation of PCPNDT Act and explains analytically the lacunas and their remedies for controlling and restricting the female feticide.