Almost a month after Anjali, a 17-year-old girl from Mangolpuri, Delhi died due to celebratory firing during a marriage procession, her father, Shyam Sunder Kausal has filed a PIL in the Delhi High Court to ‘frame stringent policy to curb obnoxious practice of celebratory firing’, reports Indian Express.
A bench of Chief Justice G Rohini and Justice Jayant Nath issued notice to the Ministry of Home Affairs (MHA), the Delhi government and to the Delhi Police Commissioner’s office and sought their replies by August 17, the next date of hearing.
The court was of the view that “some guidelines and rules should be there”.
The girl’s father has claimed that the practice of celebratory firing is “not under check” and consequently the “numbers of deaths are increasing”.
The PIL sought directions to the MHA to evolve a mechanism to ensure arms licences are not misused “and if anyone was found misusing their license, their license should be cancelled”.
It also requested the HC to direct the Centre to “pay compensation to every injured person or those who die because of celebratory firing“, reports Times Of India.
(With inputs from PTI)
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