Government Approves Stringent Punishment For Assault Against Healthcare Personnel

Team SoOLEGAL 23 Apr 2020 6:19pm

Government Approves Stringent Punishment For Assault Against Healthcare Personnel

In the wake of growing incidence of attacks on health workers across the nation, by amending the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, the government has issued an order aimed at ending these attacks. Union Minister,Prakash Javadekar said that in the meeting of the Union Cabinet, under the chairmanship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, had approved an order declaring such acts of violence as cognizable and non-bailable offences and offering compensation for injury to healthcare staff or for loss or damage to property. Ordinance will help to protect Healthcare workers and their living / working premises from violent acts.

Unfortunately, the health workers who are working to save the nation from this epidemic have toface these inhuman attacks.Prakash Javadekar says strict penalty clauses are proposed in ordinance for any kind of such acts against them.

 When damage is done to the equipment or healthcare worker's facilities, then the offender will be liable to pay a compensation amounting to twice the market value of the damaged goods, says Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.“Attack on health workers won’t be tolerated. In case of grave injury caused, accused can get jail term from 6 months to 7 years”: Union Minister Prakash Javadekar.

The announcement came just hours after the union home minister, Amit Shah, attempted to ease the medical fraternity's fears about their health in the fight against Corona virus by ensuring them that the government would not leave any stone unturned to ensure their well-being and protection.

Tagged: Healthcare Personnel   Stringent Punishment   Assault   Epidemic Diseases Act   Union Minister Prakash Javadekar   Prime Minister   Narendra Modi   violent acts   Covid19  
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