Covid posters not needed at homes of patients: Supreme Court

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Published: December 10,2020 11:44 AM
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December 10, 2020: The SC on Wednesday told states and UT that they are not required to put up signages unless ordered by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act, 2005

December 10, 2020: Taking note of the stigmatisation of Covid-19 patients on account of posters put up outside their homes while they are in isolation, the Supreme Court on Wednesday told states and Union Territories that they are not required to put up such signages unless ordered by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act, 2005.



A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan said this in its verdict on a plea seeking directions to do away with the practice of pasting posters outside the homes of those infected by the coronavirus.



The bench, also comprising justices RS Reddy and MR Shah, disposed of the plea, saying the Centre has already issued guidelines, and therefore, states and union territories should not affix such posters referring to a letter from the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare (MoHFW) on November 19 which, it said, does not contain any requirement of pasting posters outside homes of patients..



“We only observe that no State or Union Territory is required to paste posters outside the residence of COVID-19 positive persons, as of now. The State Governments and Union Territories can resort the above exercise only when any direction is issued by the competent authority under the Disaster Management Act, 2005,” the court said.