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Searching For Trouble? Google India Advertises Illegal Sex Kit

To the naked eye, the ad was like any other that pops up mid-browse on the ol' webs: a picture of a pregnant woman with a female symbol on one side and a male on the other. However, the ad featured on Google, is for an illegal gender selection kit.

Google has been ordered by the Indian Supreme Court to respond to a petition to remove the ads — they did, for a short period of time — but as of this week, they're back. Gender selection is a big problem in India, where female fetuses are aborted at an alarming rate. The author of the petition says by running the ads, Google is "breaking the law and making money. Every time you click on that ad, Google is making money." He went on to say, "What we are dealing with is a genocide."

To see how the company has been getting around the law,


The kits, manufactured by a US company, sell for between $275 and $400 and promise to determine a baby's sex with 98 percent accuracy. The company has acknowledged the kits are illegal and said they would stop the advertisements and shipments of kits immediately. Given that they already had a circuitous shipping method in place — kits have to be shipped from the company, to another US address, and then on to India — isn't it only a matter of time before curious would-be parents get their hands on them, Google or no?


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ilanac13 ilanac13 8 years
it's really bafflng to me how things like this are even around in today's society. i think that people want to buy into the whole 'knowing ahead of time' and the only way to do that is to see your doctor. there's not a 100% accuracy rate there either so to think that a kit could tell you things - well that's just mind blowing. i think that google shouldn't necessraily be blamed for this - and yes they should have some sense of social responsibility to make the choice to not post those -or take business from the manufacturer, but they are doing what everyone else in the world does - look for a way to generate revenue. i wonder what the outcome of this has been - i haven't seen an update on the petition - so any news?
rabidmoon rabidmoon 8 years
There is so much that is sick, sad, and screwed up about this entire story that I don't even know where to begin...
sunny1intucson sunny1intucson 8 years
I was in India in January and they take the law very seriously. It is illegal for the ultrasound techs or doctors to tell parents what gender they are having....but yes as people become more upwardly mobile, financially secure, and internationally connected it will be harder to prevent them from getting answers elsewhere. HOWEVER - and this is a very strong generalization, I realize - people that are better off financially and more educated tend not to care as much whether they have a boy or a girl. This at least is what the female doctors told me when I was there.
legalbeagle legalbeagle 8 years
This is one of the worst things Ive ever heard. Mass genocide of a female fetus and absolutly no value of women in their society... it reminds me of a song... I dont mean to put this up to offend anyone, I really hate that he used this word, but John Lennon wrote a song called "Woman is the N*gger of the World" The lyrics are too long to post here, but if youre interested:
Jude-C Jude-C 8 years
I wonder if that ad is going to pop up in my gmail when I get subscribed comments from this post?
letsgetloud21 letsgetloud21 8 years
MarinerMandy MarinerMandy 8 years
Stuff like this just makes me want to cry. Who came along and decided the woman are so unworthy?
CaterpillarGirl CaterpillarGirl 8 years
there was a study about these kits, and that they arent really that accurate. My sister did one and it was wrong.
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