Microsoft, Google and Yahoo sued for foetus sex selection ads
Indian suit calls for sites to be blocked
The Supreme Court of India has issued notices against Google, Microsoft and Yahoo! for advertising products to select the sex of foetuses.
Sabu Mathew George filed the complaint against the three firms. He told the New York Times that the ads deliberately targeted Indian users. He told the paper 900,000 female foetuses are aborted every year in India. Modern techniques for checking the sex of foetuses, like ultrasound, are increasingly available to all classes in India.
Google said it had yet to receive the court papers but would review them carefully.
George said that activists had successfully stopped such products being advertised in Indian papers, but companies were increasingly advertising online. Indian telecoms and health ministries are also mentioned in the case for failing to take action earlier.
Indian law holds service providers responsible for content unless they can prove they were unaware of it, or that they had done their best to ensure such content was legal.
The case calls for the named sites to be blocked in India until they obey the law. ®
> Me? I own a 12-year-old 4-door with a 3L v6 ...
Here's hoping Jeffrey Nonken's countrymen 'seek a military solution and get creamed by a neighbor' for the sake of humankind.
Don't these people want grandchildren?
I think this behavior should be encouraged.
In a generation the women will be in very high demand. Either it will force a change in India's attitudes towards women...
... or in two generations India will all but die off. Assuming of course that they don't kill themselves off first. Riots? Could happen. Or they could seek a military solution and get creamed by a neighbor.
Think of it as evolution in action.
Now I'm sure somebody will accuse me of racism, but this isn't about India per se. I simply see a culture that treats some people as property, and now that technology is changing their environment, they're trying desperately to hang on to their traditions. No matter what the cost.
My own culture has been through some of this (treating people as property) and we're still fighting the effects. *sigh*
They're destroying themselves. The world is moving on. If they refuse to change with it, they will be left behind. Nobody can force enlightenment on them, and saving them from the consequences of their own folly merely means more folly.
... And the fact is, they won't entirely die off. Hopefully the few that remain will have learned from their mistakes.
But it will take a while. I won't be here to see the end of it.
My real hope is that the culture will adapt and they won't go through this crisis. But I'm afraid it usually takes a crisis before people change. Look at the oil price thing going on here in the US. No matter all the warnings from those ecology nuts and peak oil weirdos, everybody has to buy an SUV or a Hummer and drive everywhere they go every chance they get. Our so-called public transit system dies slowly because people don't use it. (Well, that and because it's badly managed. But who cares, right?) Then petrol hits $4/gallon and suddenly it's time to wake up and smell the coffee. Transportation costs rise and everything else with it, and THEN suddenly it's time to treat this seriously. Me? I own a 12-year-old 4-door with a 3L v6 and I've had SUV owners offer to buy it. Because even mediocre mileage starts to look good when your behemoth gets 12 mpg.
So, what do you think? Will they adapt, or will they die?
It would seem..
anyone demanding an excessive dowry is, in effect, destroying their own country with greed.
It's a shame the knock-on effect isn't so obvious to the avaricious around the rest of the world.