Amidst the outbreak of the global pandemic, i.e. Covid-19, there are no two ways about the fact that medical practitioners have been putting their lives in imminent danger every single day in order to save as many lives as they possibly could. During this time of crisis everyone has turned their hopes towards these heroes, but it is heartbreaking and shameful that these life savers are being brutalised and harassed in our own country.
Recently two female doctors at Safdarjung Hospital were allegedly assaulted by a man for spreading Coronavirus. Subsequently health workers were allegedly attacked brutally in Indore as they visited a neighbourhood to test some residents for Coronavirus.
In response to a writ petition the Hon’ble High Court of Telangana called in the State Government and other concerned authorities to provide an explanation for the lack of arrangements and inaction to provide security to the doctors and other medical staff who were allegedly attacked on 01.04.2020.
The said incident took place at Gandhi Hospital, Hyderabad where the family members of a deceased Covid-19 patient attacked the doctors therein and did substantial damage to the hospital property by breaking windows. The deceased patient was an attendee at the Tablighi Jamaat meeting held at Nizamuddin, New Delhi.
In the present case Justice Raghvendra Singh Chauhan and Justice T Amarnath Goud further referred to a similar incident that took place at Khamman and Nizamabad districts and thereby ordered for registering non bailable warrants against the miscreants under IPC and u/s 11 of Telangana Medicare Services Institutions (Prevention of violence and damage to property) Act, 2008.
Mr. B.S Prasad, Advocate for the Respondents was further directed to inform the court about the security arrangements made by the police at hospitals which are specifically designated for treating Covid-19 patients.
Order:Telangana HC order