Highlights:

  • Actor Juhi Chawla on Monday appealed to Delhi High Court against the implementation of 5g wireless network technology in India
  • Earlier this month, the Department of Telecom (DoT) approved the application from telecom companies Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL to conduct 5G trials in India
  • The suit asked whether 5g technology is safe to humankind, man, woman, adult, child, infant, animals, and every type of living organism, to flora and fauna

Actor Juhi Chawla on Monday appealed to Delhi High Court against the implementation of 5g wireless network technology in India. The actor and activist raised issues related to the harmful radiation that can harm human beings, animals, flora, and fauna. According to the petition, the 5G will lead to RF exposure to all the living beings on earth more than the already prevailing amount which may have irreversible damage to humankind.

The case was initially submitted to Justice C Hari Shankar who later transferred it to another bench for hearing on June 2. Chawla has said that she is not fighting against technological development but she also believes, “we have sufficient reason to believe that the radiation is extremely harmful and injures the health and safety of the people.”

Deepak Khosla who is representing Chawla has drafted a petition citing experimental evidence of damage to DNA, cells, and organ system in plants and animals to state the major diseases of modern civilization- cancer, heart disease, and diabetes- are, in large part, caused by electromagnetic pollution which is generated by wireless mobile phone technology.

The spokesperson for Juhi Chawla said, “The present suit is being instituted to seek a direction from this Hon’ble court to the arrayed defendants, to certify to us and, therefore, to the public image at large, that 5g technology is safe to humankind, man, woman, adult, child, infant, animals and every type of living organism, to flora and fauna.”

The statement also instructed the defendants to produce studies done concerning this initiative. Earlier this month, the Department of Telecom (DoT) approved the application from telecom companies Reliance Jio, Bharti Airtel, Vodafone Idea, and MTNL to conduct 5G trials in India.

Telecom operators have been allocated spectrum in 700 Mhz band, 3.3-3.6 gigahertz (GHz) band, and 24.25-28.5 GHz band across various locations. The trails will be conducted at various locations Delhi, Mumbai, Kolkata, Bengaluru, Gujarat, and Hyderabad. The 5g technology is supposedly 10 times better for downloading speed than 4G and might add greater spectrum efficiency.

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