The Supreme Court on September 19 blocked use of 43 Sex Determination Keywords that may throw up results violative of the pre-natal sex determination laws in India.
When these 43 keywords would now be typed online, the person will get a blank page, thus giving out no information on sex determination.
Search Engines where these 43 keywords have been blocked, include online giants like Google, Yahoo and Microsoft (Bing).
Further, these search engines have also been asked by the Supreme Court bench to keep on updating the combination that may throw up results to such searches.
The Bench, which was led by Justice Dipak Misra, also shot down the argument given by the counsel for Google, Yahoo, and Microsoft that they would only block other keywords after such information is brought to their notice. The Supreme Court rather told them:
“In our considered opinion, they (search engines) are under obligation to see that the ‘doctrine of auto-block’ is applied within a reasonable period of time. It is difficult to accept the submission that once it is brought to their notice, they will do the needful. It need not be over emphasized that it has to be an in-house procedure/method to be introduced by the Companies, and we do direct.”
The 43 keywords that have been ordered to be blocked are:
Gender selection Kits,
Gender selection service,
Gender selection clinics,
Gender selection technique,
Prenatal sex selection,
Prenatal sex selection kits,
Prenatal sex selection service Prenatal sex selection clinics Prenatal sex selection technique Prenatal sex determination,
Prenatal sex determination kits Prenatal sex determination service Prenatal sex determination clinics prenatal sex determination technique Baby gender selection,
Baby gender selection kits,
Baby gender selection service,
Baby gender selection clinics,
Baby gender selection technique Prenatal diagnostic tests for selection of sex before or after conception Prenatal conception test Prenatal diagnostic,
Prenatal foetoscopy for sex selection Prenatal ultrasonography for sex selection,
Sex selection procedure,
Sex selection technique,
Sex selection test,
Sex selection administration,
Sex selection prescription,
Sex selection services,
Sex selection management,
Sex selection process,
Sex selection conduct,
Prenatal image scanning for sex selection,
Prenatal diagnostic procedure for sex selection,
Sex determination using scanner,
Sex determination using machines Sex determination using equipment Scientific sex determination and sex selection,
Gender test, and
Early Gender Test.