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Covid-19 patients treated as untouchables once posters were posted in their homes, says SC | India News


NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court said Thursday that once posters are pasted outside the homes of Covid-19 patients, these people are treated as “untouchables,” reflecting a different “reality on the ground.”
The Center informed the high court that, although it has not prescribed this rule, the practice has nothing to do with “stigmatizing” Covid-19 patients, as it aims to protect other people.
A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah said the reality on the ground is “somewhat different” and, once those posters are taped to their homes, they are treated as untouchable.
Attorney General Tushar Mehta, who appeared for the Center, said some states alone are following this practice to prevent the spread of the virus.
Mehta said the Center has submitted its response to the guilty plea pursuant to the direction of the higher court asking it to consider issuing nationwide guidelines to eliminate the practice of posting posters outside the homes of patients with Covid-19.
“For the record of the counter-response presented by Union, we will address it on Thursday,” the bank said.
On November 5, the high court had asked the Center to consider issuing the guidelines to eliminate the practice of pasting posters outside the homes of Covid-19 patients.
He had ordered it without issuing any formal notice to the Center about the plea of ​​a Kush Kalra seeking to frame the guidelines.
The court had observed that when the Delhi government agreed in the high court not to post posters, why is it that the Center cannot develop guidelines that deal with the matter for the whole country?
On November 3, the AAP government had told the Delhi High Court that it had ordered all its officials not to post posters outside the homes of Covid-19 positive people or in home isolation; and it has been ordered that the gluing be removed.
The government had told the high court that its officials were also not allowed to share details of Covid-19 positive people with their neighbors, resident welfare associations or WhatsApp groups.
Kalra, in his statement to the high court, had argued that, while circulating freely between Resident Welfare Associations (RWA) and WhatsApp groups, the names of the people who tested positive for Covid-19 were ” leading to stigmatization and drawing unnecessary attention. ”
The petition said that Covid-19 positive people “should have privacy to cope with and recover from the disease in peace and away from prying eyes.”
“Rather, they are becoming the center of public attention …” he had said.
He has also claimed that this has caused people to “walk away and deliberately choose not to get tested” to protect themselves from the “public embarrassment and stigmatization” that is also caused by posting posters outside the homes of Covid-positive patients. 19.

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