Up to 7 Year Jail for Attack On Corona Warriors, Says Govt After Amit Shah’s Assurance

Delhi:The government has brought in an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act making attacks on doctors, paramedic staff and ASHA workers a non-bailable and cognisable offence punishable up to seven years in prison and fine of up to Rs 5 lakhs.

The police will investigate the case in one month and the case will be fast tracked with the final judgement to come within a year.

Those found to be vandalising the private clinic or a car belonging to a doctor will be asked to pay twice the market value of these assets.

Home minister Amit Shah and health minister Harsh Vardhan held a meeting with the IMA representatives today and assured them that attacks on doctors and paramedic staff will not be tolerated. They lauded their efforts in fighting the coronavirus pandemic.

The IMA had threatened that it will observe April 23 as Black Day if the government doesn’t take action on protecting doctors through a central law.

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