Supreme Court On Population Control: The Supreme Court has refused further hearing on the petitions demanding Population Control Law in the country. The court has said that making laws is not the job of the court, but of the parliament. Such petitions are filed for publicity. Seeing the stand of the judges, the petitioners withdrew their petition.
What was said in the petition?
In the petitions of many people, including BJP leader Ashwini Upadhyay, it was said that due to the increasing population, basic facilities are not being provided to the people. India has 2 percent of the world’s total agricultural land and 4 percent of drinking water, while the population is 20 percent of the whole world. Due to high population, people are also being deprived of basic facilities like food, housing, education, health. This is a direct violation of the fundamental right to live life with dignity. By getting control over the population, it will be easier to implement all the government schemes meant for the welfare of the people. Despite this, governments do not make any law to control population.
The notice was issued in 2020
Ashwini Upadhyay’s petition was earlier dismissed by the Delhi High Court. But on January 10, 2020, the bench headed by the then Chief Justice SA Bobde had issued a notice to the Center on his appeal and sought an answer. In response to the petition, the Center had said that it was not in favor of enacting a law to make family planning compulsory. It would be better to keep the family control program voluntary.
‘Will the court decide all this?
Apart from Upadhyay, the court had also put up for hearing the petitions of Swami Jitendranand Saraswati, Devkinandan Thakur, Amber Zaidi and Firoz Bakht Ahmed. The bench of Justices Sanjay Kishan Kaul and Abhay S Oka did not agree with the demand placed in the petition. Justice Kaul said, "Will the court decide this? There must be some logic in the matter."
‘Let the government decide’
In view of the stand of the judges, a demand was made on behalf of the petitioner that the matter should be sent to the Law Commission so that it could study it and report to the government. The court rejected this too saying, "Argue yourself on your petition. Do not ask to send the matter to the Law Commission. After all, you want this and not a compulsory law of 2 children in a family. Let the government decide this." During the hearing, Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, the counsel for the central government present in the court, said that the government is taking all possible steps to control the population.