Termination of female foeticide is destruction of woman of future : Punjab and Haryana high court
4 nov 2020
The Punjab and Haryana high court has dismissed the anticipatory bail of an accused stating that the “female foeticide is destruction of woman of future, female has a multi-facet role in society.” The accused was booked in a case of alleged determination of foetus under the prohibition of sex selection act, 1994.
The bench of Justice Avneesh Jhingan observed that, “the constitution guaranteed equality to genders but prenatal sex determination deprives a female foetus to come to this world. In a civilised society, the sex of the foetus cannot be determining factor for having a lease of life to see this world.”
The court observed that the argument of the petitioner that the provisions of the act would not apply, as no ultrasound was conducted “does not enhance the case of the petitioner.”
Lastly, the court said, “at the stage of grant if anticipatory bail, a prima Facie case is to be seen and the matter is not to be decided finally. Considering the nature of allegations and the evidence collected, no case is made out for grant of anticipatory bail.” The petition was thus, dismissed.