Keywords: Suo Motu, borewell, cognizance.
Based on several newspaper articles reporting on children’s fatalities resulting from falls into tube wells within the State, the High Court independently acknowledged the issue and took suo moto cognizance.
The deaths of children by accident who fell into uncovered tube wells caught the attention of the MP High Court, which took suo moto cognizance of the matter, as highlighted in the case of In Re (Suo Motu) v State & Ors.
A notice has been issued to the State authorities by a bench of judges consisting of Chief Justice Ravi Malimath and Justice Vishal Mishra. The hearing has been scheduled for four weeks from today.
The Court’s attention was drawn to the matter through several articles published in daily newspapers, shedding light on the unfortunate incidents of children losing their lives after falling into tube wells within the State.
On June 6, in Mugawali village, a three-year-old girl named Srishti Kushwaha accidentally slipped into an abandoned bore well while playing. She became trapped approximately 40 feet below the surface.
During the rescue attempt, the vibrations from the equipment being used inadvertently caused her to driven deeper 100 feet. On June 8, after an operation that lasted over 50 hours, she was rescued from the 300-foot well in an unconscious state and was subsequently pronounced dead.
The Court acknowledged that similar incidents have occurred in the past, prompting the need for appropriate action to be taken.
Written By- Muskan Vyas, Legal Journalist under Legal Vidhiya