The Delhi High Court said on Monday that prenatal sex determination cannot be taken lightly. The court made the remark while hearing a complaint about a scene in the trailer for Ranveer Singh's upcoming movie Jayeshbhai Jordaar that depicted the use of ultrasound technology for sex determination.
"There is nothing to show in the trailer that the lady is taken to the doctor clandestinely..What is coming out is, any pregnant woman can be routinely taken to the centre with sonography machine and this can be done without any fetters,"
said the bench comprising Acting Chief Justice Vipin Sanghhi and Justice Navin Chawla after viewing the film's trailer.
Through Advocate Pawan Prakash Pathak, petitioner 'Youth Against Crime,' an NGO, stated:
"The ultrasound clinic scene where the technology of ultrasound for sex selection is being advertised openly without censor and as per section 3, 3A, 3B, 4, 6 & 22 of the PC & PNDT Act, same is not allowed & hence the instant PIL."
Despite the fact that the film promotes the "Save Girl Child" slogan and is against female foeticide, the petitioner claims that the trailer promotes the use of ultrasound technology.
During the proceeding, counsel for the movie's producers contended that the trailer contains a disclaimer. In response, the bench stated that the disclaimer is barely noticeable or readable, and instructed the counsel to follow the court's directions. "Unless we see for ourselves and are satisfied, we are not going to permit this. You seek instructions or otherwise, we will have to stay this."
The film is slated to release in theatres on 13th May.