Juhi Chawla files lawsuit against 5G implementation in India

Juhi Chawla
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The controversial 5th-generation (5G) wireless network is set to be implemented in the next few years all across the world. However, a big section of the population has been against the use of this technology considering its after-effects. Recently, actor Juhi Chawla, who is also an environmental activist, has also joined the parade. Juhi Chawla has filed a lawsuit against the implementation of 5G technology in India.

The actor shared the protest stating that she is not against technological advancements, however, she believes, ‘we have sufficient reason to believe that the radiation is extremely harmful and injurious to the health and safety of the people.’

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The actor said in a statement: “We are not against the implementation of technological advancements. On the contrary, we enjoy using the latest products that the world of technology has to offer, including in the field of wireless communications. However, whilst using the latter kind of devices, we are in a constant dilemma, because after doing our own research and studies regarding the RF radiation from wire-free gadgets and network cell towers, we have sufficient reason to believe that the radiation is extremely harmful and injurious to the health and safety of the people.”

In a statement, Juhi Chawla’s spokesperson shared that the lawsuit has directed the concerned department to clarify if 5G technology is safe for humankind and all the other animals and birds. It also demanded a study that would show the implementation would be safe also in the near future.

Here’s what the statement said: “The present suit is being instituted in order to seek a direction from this Hon’ble court to the arrayed Defendants, to certify to us and, therefore, to the public at large, that 5G technology is safe to humankind, man, woman, adult, child, infant, animals and every type of organisms, to flora, to fauna, and in support thereof, to produce their respective studies regarding RF radiation through mobile cell towers, and if not already conducted, to also conduct efficient research, and without the participation of private interest, and to subsequently furnish the report and declare whether or not the implementation of 5G in India would be safe, keeping in regards the health and safety of the present and future citizenry on India, including little children and infants, as well as infants of generations to come.

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5G or fifth generation is the latest upgrade and possibly the most talked-about generation in the long-term evolution (LTE) mobile broadband networks. 5G mainly works in 3 bands, low, mid, and high-frequency spectrum. All of them have their own sets of uses along with their specific limitations. On par with the global players, India had, in 2018, planned to start 5G services as soon as possible with Jio taking the lead. The main goal here is to capitalize on the better network speeds and strength that the emerging technology has promised.