The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has made it mandatory that all mobile phones that will be sold in India from September onwards will have to show radiation levels. According to a report published by the Economic Times, all handset makers, mobile phone companies and tower cos will be informed of the deadline before April-end. DoT will also make it compulsory for all handsets to be sold with a separate hands free device such as headphones as the government believes this step will help reduce the exposure to radiation significantly.
Mobile phones emit radiations and are usually measured in terms of specific absorption rate (SAR) which is actually the amount of radio waves absorbed by the human body tissue when a handset is in use. Many researches have proven that these radiations often lead to horrendous medical conditions such as brain cancer and cerebral palsies. With DoT’s new rules, mobile devices can only be imported and sold in India only if the SAR level is below 1.6 watts per kg (W/kg). So from September onwards, users can look out for the SAR value of a particular handset on the box or the manual or on the vendor’s official website.