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The Delhi High Court today issued notice in a petition seeking a direction to the Delhi Government to protect the privacy of persons who test positive for COVID-19. (Kush Kalra vs UOI)
Notice to the Delhi Government and Central Government was issued by a Division Bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad in a public interest litigation preferred by advocate Kush Kalra.
The Petitioner has prayed for a direction to the Delhi Government to either do away with the requirement of pasting of posters outside the houses of COVID-19 positive persons in home isolation or in the alternative, desist its officers from circulating the names of such patients to the RWAs.
It is the Petitioner's case that such a practise leads to stigmatization and attracting unnecessary attention.
Stating that such publicity is a serious infringement of the Fundamental Right to Privacy, the Petitioner has aserted,
The Petitioner has further claimed that people are shying away and deliberately choosing not to get themsleves tested in order to shield themselves from the public embarrassment.
The matter would be heard next on November 3.
Advocate Chinmoy Pradip Sharma appeared for the Petitioner.
Read the Order: