[Breaking] Attack on doctors, healthcare workers to be cognizable and non-bailable offence: Central govt announces Ordinance
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[Breaking] Attack on doctors, healthcare workers to be cognizable and non-bailable offence: Central govt announces Ordinance

Aditi Singh

The Central government has decided to introduce an Ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897 to make attacks on doctors and healthcare workers a cognizable and non-bailable offence.

An announcement to this effect was made by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar during today's Cabinet briefing.

"The message is clear...attacks on doctors and healthcare workers are unacceptable."
Union Minister Prakash Javadekar

The offence shall be punishable with imprisonment ranging from 3 months to 5 years, and penalty ranging from Rs 50,000 to 2 lakh.

In case of a very serious attack, the imprisonment may be for a minimum period of 6 months and maximum of 7 years, with penalty ranging from Rs 1 lakh to 5 lakh.

As per the Ordinance, investigation into the incidents of attacks on doctors and healthcare workers has to be conducted by a senior inspector and be completed within 30 days.

Watch the video of the briefing:

Court proceedings related to these cases shall also be conducted in a time-bound manner, and have to be decided within a year.

Javadekar further stated that in case of damage to vehicles or clinics of doctors or healthcare workers, the perpetrators would have to pay double the market cost of the damaged asset as compensation.

More are details awaited.

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