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[Breaking] Lack of proper COVID-19 Treatment and Dignified Handling of Dead Bodies: Supreme Court takes Suo Motu cognizance

Debayan Roy

The Chief Justice of India, SA Bobde has taken suo motu cognizance of cases where proper treatment is not being meted out to COVID-19 patients and the ones succumbing to novel coronavirus are not being handled in a dignified manner.

MR Shah, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Kishan Kaul
MR Shah, Ashok Bhushan and Sanjay Kishan Kaul

CJI has assigned this case to be heard by a bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, Sanjay Kishan Kaul and MR Shah.

This is the second suo motu petition taken up by the top court concerning the COVID-19 crisis.

Prior to this, the Court had taken up the difficulties faced by the migrants who were left walking hundreds of kilometers to reach their villages in the wake of lockdown announced to curb the spread of novel coronavirus.

The suo motu cognisance by the top court comes soon after news reports suggested that a 60-year-old COVID-19 positive man, Lakhjeet Singh from Delhi died after he failed to get a bed in any hospital has brought out this stark reality.

His daughter, Amarpreet, went on Twitter to break the news, saying, ‘The government failed us.’

Recent reports also suggest that dead bodies in Mumbai were clogging up Covid-19 wards and corridors in the major public hospitals, morgues in the city.

Reports stated that morgues were virtually overflowing with disappearance of bodies, relatives reluctant to claim bodies, disposal without family's consent and long queues at crematoria or cemeteries.

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