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Jul 04, 2007 at 12:54am IST

Couple challenges sex selection Act in court

Mumbai: With newspaper headlines screaming from the top A couple with daughters seek a son, the controversy has come to light after a Mumbai-based couple petitioned the Bombay High Court to permit them to balance their family which already has two daughters.

While the Court has reserved its order for the time being, it's an informal comment by the Chief Justice contemplating the ill-effects of such a move that's re-ignited the nationwide debate.

Meanwhile, experts say the march of technology should not be stopped.

"Sex determination should be banned but they are technologies that allow us to select the sex of the embryo and that should be allowed,” said sonolgist Dr Anmrish Dalal.

But there are others who argue that making an exception in this case will not augur well for India's sex ratio.

"It is ethically and morally wrong and that is why people should not be given this option because in most of the cases it is misused as it will cause an imbalance in the male-female ratio,” said lawyer Uday Warunjikar.

This oberservation by the Chief Justice of the Bombay High Court has ignited this contentious issue of sex determination and in fact it would be interesting to now see what the High Court says while disposing the matter.