Taking a tough stand against rising number of diseases caused by mosquitoes, the Delhi High Court has said that allowing mosquitoes to breed is equal to other criminal offences such as culpable homicide and rash driving. The court said that tough action should be taken against municipal officers if they fail to control the breeding of mosquitoes in their area and the subsequent diseases such as malaria, dengue, etc. Not happy with how civic authorities were handling the situation, the court said, “Should it not be tested on the lines of culpable homicide not amounting to murder or rash and negligent driving?”
And the court was not just asking questions. It made its stand clear on the subject and said that municipal officials could face disciplinary action if they fail to control the spread of mosquitoes. The bench observed that instructions have not been followed and poor safai karmchaaris are often blamed. The court said that action should be taken against officials and not safai karmchaaris. The court has reprimanded all three municipal corporations of Delhi and asked its Commissioners to be present on the next date of hearing on June 27.