Rajya Sabha passes invoice to punish these attacking healthcare employees


New Delhi, September 19

The Rajya Sabha on Saturday handed a laws that gives for as much as 5 years in jail for these attacking medical doctors and healthcare employees combating the COVID-19 outbreak or throughout any scenario akin to the present pandemic.

The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Bill, 2020, was launched by Health Minister Dr Harsh Vardhan within the Upper House on Saturday to interchange an ordinance issued by the federal government in April.

The Union Cabinet had promulgated The Epidemic Diseases (Amendment) Ordinance 2020 to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, to guard healthcare service personnel and property, together with their dwelling/working premises towards violence throughout epidemics.


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The Bill intends to make sure that throughout any scenario akin to the present pandemic, there’s zero-tolerance to any type of violence towards healthcare service personnel and injury to property.

The healthcare service personnel embody public and scientific healthcare service suppliers resembling medical doctors, nurses, paramedical employees and neighborhood well being employees; every other individuals empowered beneath the act to take measures to stop the outbreak of the illness or unfold thereof; and any individuals declared as such by the state authorities, by notification within the official gazette.

The penal provisions may be invoked in situations of injury to property together with a scientific institution, any facility recognized for quarantine and isolation of sufferers, cell medical models and every other property by which the healthcare service personnel have a direct curiosity in relation to the epidemic.

Offences shall be investigated by an officer of the rank of inspector inside a interval of 30 days, and a trial must be accomplished in a single yr until prolonged by the courtroom for causes to be recorded in writing, the Bill proposes.

As per its provisions, the fee or abetment of such acts of violence shall be punishable with imprisonment for a time period of three months to 5 years, and with a high-quality of Rs 50,000 to Rs 2,00,000. PTI



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