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Corona warriors: How much do we really appreciate them?

The pandemic has seen an outpouring of support for India’s frontline health workers – its ‘corona warriors’. This is arguably best-exemplified by March’s Janata Curfew, which saw Indians self-quarantining across the nation ringing bells and applauding in praise of healthcare staff. But how much does India truly appreciate its ‘corona warriors’? There is no shortage […]

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Legislating to tackle violence against doctors

Violence against doctors is not a new phenomenon in India. However, the situation has garnered heightened awareness amidst the coronavirus pandemic. Amendments have been made to legislation dating back to the colonial era in an effort to tackle the issue. Last month, the Cabinet Secretary announced that all states and union territories should invoke provisions

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Violence against healthcare workers in Karnataka crosshairs

The Karnataka state government intends to enact legislation penalising those who commit violence against healthcare workers.  The state cabinet made the decision earlier this week against a backdrop of reports of healthcare workers countrywide being subjected to harassment, abuse, and physical attacks amidst the coronavirus pandemic and the national lockdown. In one highly-publicised incident, healthcare

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Violence in the coronavirus lockdown

Violence against doctors and medical staff is not a new phenomenon in India. However, in the light of the coronavirus crisis, outbreaks of violence appear to be increasing.   The Indian Medical Association (IMA) has indicated that 75 percent of doctors in India have been the subject of violence, intimidation, and/or harassment whilst on duty

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