Attacks on health workers to attract up to 7 years in prison-THE HINDU-23-04-2020
They generally do not cover harassment at home and workplace and are focussed more on physical violence. The penal provisions contained in these laws are not stringent enough to deter mischief-mongering. In this context, the Union Cabinet, at its meeting on April 22, 2020, approved the promulgation of an ordinance to amend the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897, to protect healthcare service personnel and property, including their living/working premises, from violence during epidemics. The President has given his assent for the ordinance, the release said.