Madras HC- TN needs a death to act on implementing each and every statute

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  1. A few hours after the decomposed body of a 2 year old child was removed from an unused borewell, the Madras HC criticized the Government of the state
  2. Sujith Williams, a 2 year old boy, was playing around his village, when he fell into the borewell and died, only for his body to be recovered after 80 hours
  3. In view of this, the Madras HC states that the TN government needs a corpse to act on implementing each and every statute
  4. The HC also criticized the media on not trying to spread awareness about the situation, and instead live taping the incident
  5. It further stated that every individual had a social responsibility to bring about more awareness, especially the media
  6. The court asked for the authorities responsible for the non compliance of the rules and regulation related to preventing such incidents

The Madras High court, on Tuesday, 29th October 2019, criticized the Tamil Nadu government for its inefficiency in implementation of statutes. This comes after the death of a 2 year old boy, who fell into an open, unused borewell. His decomposed body was recovered only after 80 hours, after extensive rescue operations. Sujith Wilson, was playing near his house near Nadukattupatti, when he slipped into the borewell in the farm. He was initially at a depth of 30 feet, but slipped further to a depth of 88 ft.

In view of this, the Madras High court, stated that the Tamil Nadu needs a dead body everytime, to implement each and every statute. The court also criticized the media who live taped the whole rescue operation, instead of spreading awareness about the rules and regulation related to preventing such incidents. It states that every Indian has the social responsibility to spread awareness about such rules and regulations.

A petition was filed, to seek the authorities, who have failed to follow the protocols related to the construction of tubewells and borewells, under the act called The Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Regulations of sinking of wells and safety measures) rules 2015.

The court asked the civic authorities for the action taken against the violators of this act, which states guidelines related to the construction and digging of such structures. This petition was filed by V. Ponraj, a scientist who worked with APJ Abdul Kalam.

The court, in future proceedings has asked for the details on the number of permissions granted and list of contractor who recieved permission for the construction of these structures.

The Tamil Nadu Panchayats (Regulations of sinking wells and safety measures) rules 2015, was implemented after a similar incident occurred in 2012, in Tiruvannamalai district.

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