5G technology in India is on the cusp of bringing a connectivity revolution. As its implementation gains momentum, concerns around its use have been raised time and again, pointing out the possible harm that 5G networks can have on citizens, animals, flora and fauna.
The latest one to rekindle the debate in the country is the suit filed by Indian actress-environmentalist Juhi Chawla in the Delhi High Court against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in the country
The actress had approached the Delhi HC earlier against the setting up of 5G wireless networks in India, raising issues related to the radiation impact on the living.
Chawla said if the telecommunications industry’s plans for 5G come to fruition, no person, no animal, no bird, no insect and no plant on Earth will be able to avoid exposure, 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, to levels of Radio Frequency (RF) radiation that are 10x to 100x times greater than what exists today.
These 5G plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to all of the Earth’s ecosystems, she said.
The suit, filed through advocate Deepak Khosla, sought a direction to the authorities to certify to the public at large, that 5G technology is safe to humankind, man, woman, adult, child, infant, animals and every type of living organism, flora and fauna
The Delhi High Court questioned actress Juhi Chawla for directly filing a suit against setting up of 5G wireless networks in India without giving any representation to the Centre on her concerns related to the technology.
Delhi HC Justice JR Midha said the plaintiffs, Chawla and two others, were required to first approach the Central Government for their rights and if denied, they should come to the court.
The Delhi HC after hearing the arguments of various parties reserved its order on the lawsuit.
The plea claimed that 5G mobile wireless technology plans threaten to provoke serious, irreversible effects on humans and permanent damage to the earth’s ecosystems. the virtual hearing, however, was interrupted by a man who started singing songs from the actress’s films.
The hearing had to be stopped because of the bizarre disruption. It resumed after the man was removed from the session. The court has taken the matter seriously and issued a contempt notice. The court also directed the Delhi Police to search for the person and take legal action against him.