A few days after the Delhi High Court dismissed actor-environmentalist Juhi Chawla’s lawsuit challenging the setting up of 5G wireless networks across the country, she came out with a statement saying she is not against the 5G technology, but is in fact welcoming of it.
We just want to know it is safe for children, for pregnant women, for unborn children, for people who are old and infirm, she said in a video message that she released on her social media.
An very important message has been lost in the din in the past few days, she said, and added that even she couldn’t hear herself because of the noise surrounding the entire issue.
“We are not against 5G. In fact, we are welcoming of it. Please bring 5G. All we are asking is that the authorities should certify 5G safe. That’s all what we are asking, that you release in public domain studies, research that say 5G is safe, so that that the fears we have are eliminated, so that we can sleep in peace. We just want to know it is safe for children, for pregnant women, for unborn children, for people who are old and infirm, for flora fauna. That is all we are asking,” she said.
On June 4, dismissing the plea, the Delhi high court had dubbed it “defective”, “abuse of process of law” and filed for “gaining publicity”. Justice J.R. Midha said the plaintiffs—Chawla and two others—have abused and misused the process of law and wasted the court’s time.
The judge said the plaint in which questions have been raised about health hazards due to the 5G technology was “not maintainable” and was “stuffed with unnecessary, scandalous and frivolous averments”.
The court had also slapped a fine of Rs 20 lakh on her and co-petitioners. (The Week with PTI inputs)