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PIL on population control: Delhi HC issues notice to Centre

  • The PIL was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay
  • A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi heard the matter. The case will be next heard on 3 September

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday issued a notice to the Centre seeking its response on public-interest litigation (PIL) seeking implementation of steps to control the country’s rising population. The plea wants the two-child norm to be made a criterion for getting government jobs, aids, and subsidies. The PIL was filed by Bharatiya Janata Party leader and advocate Ashwini Upadhyay.

In his plea, Upadhyay sought direction to the Centre for implementing the recommendations of the National Commission to Review the Working of the Constitution, headed by Justice Venkatchaliah, on population control.

A division bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice Brijesh Sethi heard the matter. The case will be next heard on 3 September.

“Population explosion is the root cause of most of problems including shortage of water, forests, land, Bread, clothes and house, poverty and unemployment, hunger and malnutrition and air, water, soil and sound pollution…it is apparent that about 90% criminals and offenders are such that their parents have not followed policy of “Ham Do – Hamare Do". Therefore, it is evident from the above stated facts that population explosion is the basic cause of more than 50% problems of India," the plea said.

The plea sought withdrawal of statutory rights like the right to vote, contest elections, and own property for not complying with the recommendations.

Upadhyay urged the court to direct the government to spread awareness about population explosion and provide contraceptive pill, condoms and vaccines to economically weaker sections and below poverty line families. The plea also sought direction to the Law Commission to prepare a comprehensive report on population explosion within three months.

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