India’s Supreme Court tells Google, Yahoo and Microsoft to stop hosting sex selection ads
India’s Supreme Court has reprimanded Google, Microsoft and Yahoo for displaying advertisements related to pre-natal sex selection tests on their search engines, in violation of the country’s laws.
Prenatal gender testing and sex selective abortion is banned in India due to a skewed child sex ratio, but around 500,000 female foetuses continue to be aborted in the country every year according to UNICEF.
“They are patently violating the law and saying that that they cannot do anything to block such advertisements. It is not acceptable and the government must devise a mechanism to block advertisements,” the judges said. Read more…