In a unique petition, three infants have moved a petition to the Supreme Court through their advocate fathers seeking a ban on crackers, exercising their right to clean air guaranteed under Article 21 of the Constitution.
According to a report in the Times of India, two six-month-olds Arjun Gopal and Aarav Bhandari and 14-month-old Zoya Rao Bhasin, wrote in their petition that "Our lungs have not yet fully developed and we cannot take further pollution through bursting of crackers."
Besides seeking a ban on crackers this Dussehra and Diwali, they are also demanding other measures to curb air pollution like implementation of Bharat V norms for vehicles.
The Supreme Court permits minors to file petitions for the protection of their fundamental rights through their parents or guardians
The petitioners also asked the SC to intervene while claiming that "â€œthe smoke from bursting of crackers in the months of October and November during the festivals of Dussehra and Diwali virtually clogs the atmosphere, substantially increases the pollution level and magnifies the risk of contracting lung diseases," the report adds.
While highlighting the state of pollution in the country's capital of New Delhi, they added that the adverse impact of pollution gets debated and forgotten and infants and children are the worst affected from the long-term toxic effects of this pollution.