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HC seeks status report on dengue from Centre, Delhi govt

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New Delhi:  Amid the rising cases of dengue in the national capital, the Delhi High Court on Thursday sought status report from the central and Delhi governments on the steps they have taken to control the mosquito-borne tropical disease.

A division bench of Chief Justice G. Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath said it was a serious issue and also impleaded civic agencies as parties in the case.

The court issued notice to the Centre, Delhi government, Municipal Corporations of Delhi (MCD) and New Delhi Municipal Council (NDMC) and sought their response by September 24.

“Issue notice to Centre, Delhi government. File status report explaining the steps already taken by them. File short affidavit within two weeks,” said the court.

Delhi government’s senior standing counsel Rahul Mehra told the court that “government is on pro-active mode” and has been taking adequate steps to treat dengue patients.

“We have taken many steps. We have added 1,000 beds and planning to increase more beds in private hospitals. We are concerned for the citizens,” Mehra told the bench.

The court was hearing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by a law student Gauri Grover seeking registration of FIRs against directors of hospitals which denied treatment to a child who died of dengue and his parents later committed suicide.

However, the bench refrained from ordering lodging of an FIR and asked Grover’s counsel Satya Ranjan Swain to file additional documents relating to the negligence.

Dengue has claimed the lives of at least 16 people so far but the official toll is placed at five.

Delhi’s civic bodies have so far confirmed only five dengue deaths in the capital and the number of cases as 1,872.

With inputs from IANS

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Begging No More a Criminal Offence: Delhi High Court

The bench decriminalised begging and said that prosecution under the provisions of the Act was "unconstitutional".

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Begging in India. Image source: theindiansociety.org

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence and struck down laws penalizing it.

A bench of Acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C. Hari Shankar struck down the provisions prosecuting begging under the Bombay Prevention of Begging Act.

The bench decriminalised begging and said that prosecution under the provisions of the Act was “unconstitutional”.

The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence. Wikimedia Commons
The Delhi High Court on Wednesday ruled that begging is not a criminal offence. Wikimedia Commons

However, the court granted liberty to the Delhi government to bring in alternative legislation to curb the racket of forced begging after undertaking an empirical examination on the sociological and economic aspect of the matter.

The court was hearing two public interest litigations by Harsh Mandar and Karnika Sawhney to seek basic human and fundamental rights for beggars in the national capital and for decriminalising begging.

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The pleas also sought basic amenities such as proper food and medical facilities at all beggar homes in Delhi. (IANS)

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