To jam or not

Published: Sunday 31 October 2004

Public Interests New Delhi / Mexico

Mobile phone towers in different residential areas of Delhi are a potential health hazard that threatens people living in their vicinity with serious diseases such as cancer and decrease in fertility levels, so contended a Public Interest Litigation filed before the Delhi High Court in the last week of September. The petition sought directions to stop construction of mobile phone towers in residential areas, around schools and other places of high human concentration. It was backed by recent studies and research in developed countries that link radiation from mobile towers with disease. But a division bench comprising chief justice B C Patel and justice B D Ahmed dismissed the petition saying the petitioner had not done enough research.

Elsewhere, in Monterrey, Mexico three Catholic churches have taken to jamming mobile signals inside their precincts. Blocking signals is illegal in Mexico, but can a buzz interrupt the word of God?

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