Attacks on health workers to attract up to 7 years in prison
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Union Cabinet approves promulgation of ordinance
- The Union Cabinet approved the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, making acts of violence against medical staff a cognisable and non-bailable offence and to provide compensation for injury to healthcare personnel or for damage or loss to property.
- The ordinance proposes that in cases of attacks on healthcare workers, the investigation will be completed within 30 days and the final decision arrived at within one year.
- The punishment for such attacks will be three months to five years and the fine ₹50,000 to ₹2 lakh.
- In severe cases, where there are grievous injuries, the punishment will be six months to seven years and the fine ₹1 lakh to ₹5 lakh.
- There shall be zero tolerance to any incidents of violence against healthcare service personnel and/or damage to property.
- All offences of violence will be cognisable and non-bailable.
- This will facilitate punishment under the law in cases of violence against healthcare service personnel serving during an epidemic.
- Public venting of angst against healthcare service personnel leading to harassment assault and damage to property is being highlighted daily.
- Portrayal as potential spreaders of COVID-19 pandemic played havoc with the confidence of the medical community which is demanding protection.