There is no conclusive evidence as on date which may have found any adverse health effect by EMF radiation from the mobile tower or mobile hand set by the WHO or SCENIHR. It appears that some myths are being spread and circulated simply in order to create fear amongst the people, but then as aptly said by Nobel laureate Marie Curie that “Nothing in life is to be feared, it is only to be understood. Now is the time to understand more, so that we may fear less.” the bench said while dismissing the petitions seeking ban on mobile tower installation near their homes.
The High Court of Himachal Pradesh, last week, has held that, mobile tower radiations do not cause any health hazard to people living in its vicinity and it is a just a myth being spread in order to create panic among people. The first bench of the High Court comprising of Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Tarlok Singh Chauhan, dismissed a batch of writ petitions which had challenged installation of mobile towers near their residences.
The division bench, in its 40 page judgment has quoted many reports and case laws to arrive at this conclusion that the mobile tower radiation is not that hazardous. Following interesting observations were made by the court, after referring to reports of World Health Organisation and that of Scientific Committee on Emerging and Newly Identified Health Risks.
The court also observed that there is a broad consensus among the High Courts across the country that, radiation being emitted from the Mobile Base Stations do not cause serious risk on the health of the people living near these base stations.
In Reliance Infocom Ltd. Vs. ChemancheryGramaPanchyat AIR 2007 Ker 33, Kerala High court had held that no general risk to the health of people living near the basestations on the basis that exposures are expected to be smallfractions of guidelines. Many other High courts except Rajasthan High Court followed the opinion expressed by Kerala High Court. However, Rajasthan High Court in Justice I.S Israni (Retd.) and another Vs. Union of India, 2013 (2) WLC, Rajasthan, 603, said that it is necessary that public is made aware of different mobile sets in use whether they are as per norms or not and also to inform people of ill-effects of mobile handsets and towers and precautions which are necessary as per guidelines issued by Dot.
WHO has not found Mobile radiation safe yet?
Online Q& A in WHO website portal however says this “increasing use of mobile phones and the lack of data for mobile phone use over time periods longer than 15 years warrant further research of mobile phone use and brain cancer risk. In particular, with the recent popularity of mobile phone use among younger people, and therefore a potentially longer lifetime of exposure, WHO has promoted further research on this group and is currently assessing the health impact of RF fields on all studied endpoints”
With regard to the above indicated inconclusive stand expressed by WHO vis-à-vis health hazards due to mobile radiations, it seems that more balanced view on this issue was taken by the Rajasthan High Court when it issued the following directives.
That while granting permission for installation of towers, the concerned bodies to consider number of mobile towers in area, what would be the effect on the health of people in case towers are permitted to be erected and to minutely consider various other safeguards.
Read the Judgment here.