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New Delhi: A plea was filed in the Delhi High Court on Wednesday seeking it direct the government to issue the honourific of “martyr” or “shaheed” to paramilitary or police personnel who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty.

The public interest litigation (PIL) was filed before a division bench headed by Chief Justice G. Rohini, who posted the matter for July 29 for further hearing.

Citing that 31,895 paramilitary personnel sacrificed their lives in the last 53 years in the line of duty, the PIL said the honour of being called a “martyr” or “shaheed” still eludes the troopers and officers of paramilitary and police forces in the country.

The plea was filed by advocate Abhishek Choudhary, who apprised the court that “the personnel of the three armed forces of the country, namely army, navy and air force, are called ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ when they are killed during duty, but unfortunately the men/women of police and paramilitary forces who are killed in anti-Maoist operations, rendering internal security duties and guarding our borders in extreme conditions are not given the stature of a ‘martyr’.”

“In many places, like along the Pakistan border, paramilitary personnel work along with army men and in Maoist-affected states, they work with air force officials. But in case of death in action, the Central Armed Police Personnel (CAPFs) are not accorded ‘martyr’ or ‘shaheed’ status,” the plea said.

Choudhary said honouring them will not only act as a morale booster but also enhance their self-respect.

(IANS)

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Delhi High Court Dismisses Plea Seeking Regulation on Netflix, Amazon Prime

The plea had also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms "to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect"

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The Delhi High Court Friday dismissed a plea seeking framing of guidelines by government to regulate the functioning of online media streaming platforms like Netflix and Amazon Prime Video.

A bench of Chief Justice Rajendra Menon and Justice V K Rao rejected the petition after the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting informed it that online platforms are not required to obtain any licence from the ministry.

Central government standing counsel Vikram Jetly said the content on online platforms is not being regulated by the ministry.

The court had earlier made it clear that it was not issuing notice on the petition by NGO Justice for Rights Foundation but was only seeking the government’s response on the plea which also alleged that the online media streaming platforms show “uncertified, sexually explicit and vulgar” content.

In its plea filed through advocate Harpreet S Hora, the NGO had claimed that online media streaming platforms, that also include Hotstar, show content which is “unregulated and uncertified” for public viewing.

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The court had asked the Centre’s counsel to seek instructions as to whether the alleged broadcasting on the online platforms is based on any licence or regulatory measures provided by government or any regulatory body.

The plea had claimed that television series like “Sacred Games”, “Game of Thrones” and “Spartacus”, shown on platforms like Netflix, contain “vulgar, profane, sexually explicit, pornographic, morally unethical and virulent” content which often “depict women in objectifying manner”.

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It had sought directions to the ministries of communication, information and broadcasting as well as law and justice to frame guidelines to regulate such platforms and the content they broadcast.

The plea had also sought an order to the ministries to direct the online platforms “to remove legally restricted content with immediate effect”. (IANS)