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UP Government Passes Ordinance Prescribing Punishments for Covid-19 Crimes

Lawstreet Journal 10 May 2020 1:42am

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Uttar Pradesh Government on Wednesday i.e. 6th May 2020 passed an Ordinance that prescribes a maximum punishment of life term if COVID-19 death is caused by a person by “intentional affliction”.

“Intentional Affliction” here means that any person who infects another person with a contagious disease intentionally.

Section 24 of the UP-Public Health and Epidemic Disease Control Ordinance,2020 talks about the punishment for intentional affliction i.e. if any person who intentionally infects another person with a contagious disease shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for 2-5 years.

Section 25 talks about “Mass Affliction”, infecting five or more than five people.

Section 26 states that whoever causes death under Section 24 and Section 25 of the Ordinance, shall be punished with rigorous imprisonment for a term which shall not be less than seven years but may extend to life imprisonment and be made liable to pay a fine of Rs. 3 Lakh to Rs. 5 lakhs.

The State Chief Secretary, R.K Tiwari clarify that the meaning of “intentionally” in the Ordinance is the same as defined in legal terms”.

The Ordinance also provides punishment for “concealment” and travel by Public transport by a COVID-19 patient, which ranges from Rs. 50,000 to 1 Lakh and imprisonment for 1-3 years.

All the offenses under this Ordinance shall be Cognizable and non-bailable as per Section 30.

Further as per the Ordinance, Section 31(1) states that no suits or legal proceedings shall lie against any person for anything, which is done with good intention or in good faith.

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