The Supreme Court is flooded with cases of scams, murders and all things nasty. But India’s top court also gets its fair share of, shall we say, quirky cases?
An example for the later is a petition the SC received on Friday, September 23, the court claimed that even it was powerless against such a complex issue.
The petitioner wanted the court to force the authorities to ‘abolish’ the world's most lethal creature from India: Mosquitoes.
Controlling mosquitoes, which are estimated by the World Health Organisation to kill over 725,000 people globally, is something that scientists and public health experts have struggled with for decades.
But Dhanesh Leshdhan, the petitioner, believed the Supreme Court could do it.
The judges of the court were however, amused with the petition.
“We are not Gods. Don’t ask us to do things which only the God can do,” said a bench of Justices Madan B Lokur and Deepak Gupta to Leshdhan, according to PTI.
He asked that the government be told to frame ‘unified guidelines to abolish mosquitoes which cause mosquito-borne diseases’.
"We do not think any court can pass such direction to the authorities to eliminate mosquitoes from the country. We cannot go to everybody's house and say there is a mosquito or a house fly, so remove it," the court said, expressing their helplessness.
The court dismissed the petition that also wanted the government to be made accountable for loss of life due to a mosquito bite.
There is near unanimity among mosquito experts and entomologists that there is no way the world can get rid of the buzzing bloodsuckers that spread potentially deadly viruses from Zika and dengue to chikungunya. The closest that anyone has come to is targeting to eradicating malaria, one of the many killer diseases that mosquito bites cause.
(With inputs from PTI)