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PIL in Delhi High Court for seeking respectful words for CRPF Jawans

Author – Alka Kumari [Editor, Team Legalxpo]

PIL has been filed in Delhi High Court regarding the use of respectful words by media for the army mens who sacrifice there life for us.

On Friday i.e., 15th Feb, 2019, advocate Abhishek Kumar Choudhary, has moved a PIL in Delhi High Court in matter of Pulwama Terror attack as many of print and electronic media have referred Shaheed CRPF jawans as “killed” or “died”.

This petition has been filed by advocate as it hurts the sentiments of his and many citizen and with this PIL he requested from HC to order all print and electronic media to use respectful words for martyrdom of CRPF jawans when reporting for Pulwama Terror attack and to refer soldiers as “martyred” instead of “killed” or “died”. Through this PIL he objected to newspapers reports using the words “killed” or “died” while referring to 44 soldiers who laid down their lives in South Kashmir’s Pulwama Terror attack when suicide bomber rammed an explosive laden SUV in CRPF bus.

In his PIL he said “… major newspapers have totally failed to show respect/sensitivity to the martyrdom of the soldiers and have either negligently or by oversight or by getting overwhelmed due to the gravity of the situation, have used the words killed or died in place of ‘martyr’ or ‘Shaheed’ which clearly shakes the emotions of the petitioner and of the citizens of the entire country.”

He also put focus on the point that in this situation of Terror attack, media plays an important role and evokes patriotic thoughts in the mind of citizens so, they should show respectful words towards soldiers who take risk on their lives for ensuring safety of the country.

In year 2016, in Delhi High Court Choudhary had moved a PIL for seeking martyr status of paramilitary and police personnel who sacrifice their lives in the line of duty. In this Court had disposed of the petition by stating that anyone who lays down his life for the country is a martyr and needs no certificate. So, in reference to his they must be referred as martyr rather than killed or died.

This PIL will be heard by Court on Monday (18th Feb, 2019).

Alka Kumari

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