COVID 19 patients treated as ‘untouchables’ once posters are pasted outside their homes:SC

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The Supreme Court on Tuesday observed that the practice of conspicuously affixing posters outside the residence of COVID19 positive patients creates stigma and often leads to a situation where patients may be treated as so called “untouchables”.

A bench of Justices Ashok Bhushan, R Subhash Reddy and MR Shah made the observations. Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre, told the court that they have not prescribed this rule to state governments. Mehta, however, said that the practice of pasting posters is aimed at protecting other people, and not to stigmatise patients suffering from the coronavirus.

Solicitor General Tushar Mehta submitted before the Court that the Centre has filed its affidavit in the case on November 30 averring that such posters are meant to ensure that nobody inadvertently enters the house of a Covid positive patient.

“If a poster humiliates or stigmatises a person then it should be avoided. But if it warns a person from inadvertent entry then it is upto the State government,” Mehta said.

Shah said that the ground reality is “something different” and most times patients are treated as “untouchables”.

Mehta said the Centre has filed its affidavit in the case after the Supreme Court had asked it to consider nationwide guidelines to not affix such warning posters. The solicitor general said the posters are meant to ensure that nobody inadvertently enters the house of a Covid-19 patient.

On November 5, the judges questioned why the Centre cannot frame guidelines, pointing out that the Delhi government had agreed to stop this practice.

A petition was filed before the Supreme Court, saying that coronavirus positive persons “ought to be given privacy to cope with and recover from the illness in peace and away from prying eyes”. It also said that circulating names of those who have tested positive for the infection will lead to stigmatisation and draw unnecessary attention.

The judges asked the petitioner to respond to the Centre’s affidavit and the matter will be heard next on December 3.

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