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Google, Yahoo asked to appoint expert bodies to block sex determination ads

Apex court ordered all companies to constitute in-house expert bodies

ANI  |  New Delhi 

A view of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi. Photo: PTI
A view of Supreme Court of India building in New Delhi. Photo: PTI

The Supreme on Thursday condemned search engines like Google, and for not adhering to Indian laws by permitting online advertisement test prohibited in

The apex ordered all companies to immediately constitute in-house expert bodies to identify and block keywords indicative of

An apex bench headed by Justice observed that tech giants India, and were not honouring the Indian law by allowing online advertisements on tests, to which the companies responded and stated that they are complying with all laws.

"India, India, and India need to be more responsive. Earlier also, there were several examples of foreign jurisdictions banning similar content, so why not in India. They have not shown a proper attitude, by claiming that even content on illegal issues such as murder, rape cannot be blocked," the apex court bench said

The Centre has been directed to set up a nodal agency within a week to keep watch on these internet giants and take appropriate steps for removing offensive advertisements.

The Supreme Court was hearing a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed in 2008 by one Sabu Mathew George, complaining that a number of foreign websites are soliciting couples to undergo tests banned under the Indian laws.

The matter will be next heard on April 11.

First Published: Thu, February 16 2017. 21:04 IST