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The infection of the epidemic of the terrible coronavirus is continuously spreading, all are being asked to maintain social dissonance, but on the other hand, teams of doctors and healthcare workers are treating them by risking their lives to help corona patients. Nevertheless, they are being attacked. Because of this, the 123-year-old epidemic law has been changed at a cabinet meeting on Wednesday, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Prakash Javadekar describes:

The decision taken by the Modi cabinet was informed by Union Minister Prakash Javadekar, who said, "We have amended the 123-year-old Epidemic Law 1897. Now, there is the IPC, the CRPC, the NSA, the Disaster Management Act, but there was a demand that there should be a law for the entire country so that the rules for the doctors-healthcare workers involved in the battle with corona should be tightened. At the same time, he further said that the attack on doctors and any healthcare worker who is fighting against coronavirus will no longer be tolerated. Now, if somebody is attacked, a maximum sentence of 7 years and a fine of 5 lakh has been kept in the law. Such an attack will be treated as a cognizable and non-bailable offense.

If healthcare workers are attacked, the law will work like this:

The attack on the healthcare workers will be treated as a non-bailable offense. The investigating officer will have to complete the investigation within 30 days. Such crimes can be punishable with a sentence of 3 months to 5 years and a fine of 50 thousand to 2 lakh rupees. In case of serious injury, a sentence of 6 months to 7 years and fine from one lakh to 5 lakh can be imposed. If there is a loss of the train and clinic of the healthcare workers due to attack, then fine will be charged double from the market value.

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