//Female children sale: K'taka HC disposes of PIL

Female children sale: K'taka HC disposes of PIL

Bangalore | February 08, 2006 12:37:56 AM IST
The Karnataka High Court today disposed off a public interest litigation (PIL), expressing satisfaction with the steps taken by the state government to prohibit the Lambadi community, especially in Gulbarga district, from selling female children in the guise of giving them in adoption.

The Bench, comprising Chief Justice Cyriac Joseph and Ms Justice Manjula Chellur, also complemented the petitioners, B Krishna Bhat and Nagalakshmi, for doing a noble job by highlighting the problem through a writ petition.

The petitioners contended that though the state government was aware that the Lambadis in Gulbarga district were selling their female children in the guise of giving them in adoption, it had not taken any step to curb the menace and save the children. A Committee constituted to look into the issue was also not functioning, they pointed out.

They also cited various news reports on the practice of sale of children, particularly in Gulbarga district.

In response to the petitioners allegations, the government, in a statement of ‘objections’, argued that active steps had been taken to prevent the practice of selling children. A committee had also been constituted to monitor the progress of action taken by the police and other departments, it said.

The court took the statements on file and disposed off the petition, observing that ”We are satisfied that the government is active to the problem highlighted in the petition and taking earnest steps to address it.”