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Supreme Court: ‘Not Wearing Masks Amid the Pandemic violates the Right to Life of others’

By Gautami Chakravarty      07 December, 2020 01:21 PM      1 Comments
Right to Life Supreme Court Masks Pandemic

People not wearing masks in public spaces are violating the fundamental right to life of everyone else, the Apex Court said on Thursday (December 3, 2020) as it implored all states to enforce the guidelines on wearing masks & social distancing scrupulously in the face of the Coronavirus pandemic. 

At the same time, the Supreme Court stayed a Gujarat HC order that sought to punish those not wearing masks in public by assigning them to COVID-19 centres to perform non-medical duties, terming the punishment "disproportionate”. 

A bench headed by Justice Ashok Bhushan regretted that people have been recently showing a lack of will to follow the guidelines meant to prevent the spread of the virus, & the authorities were apathetic in implementing the norms on masks & social distancing. "They may hamper health of other people,” remarked the bench, which also included Justice RS Reddy & Justice MR Shah.

The Bench told Mehta that "There is a lack of will everywhere".Mehta accepted that it was a pan-India problem and that certain urgent measures, including the imposition of a higher fine on violators, can be ordered by the Supreme Court. At this, the bench reiterated that enhancing the fine may not suffice until there is proper implementation. Mehta, on behalf of the Government of Gujarat, had sought a stay of the high court order to send those not wearing masks in public to perform non-medical duties in Coronavirus centres as punishment.

The bench concurred with the solicitor general that such punishment may pose serious health risks even to non-Covid-19 persons and stayed this part of the order. It further asked all State Governments to submit suggestions by Monday, 07 December, 2020 on how to control public gatherings & ensure compliance with the requirement of wearing masks & maintaining social distancing. The bench said it will consider issuing directions for all states after the responses are received.



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John Doe
Not a left liberal Dec 08, 2020

Supreme court said nothing about right alcohol or standing in lines outside liquor shops. And supreme court said nothing about right to religious gatherings And nothing about right to protesting in groups Supreme court said nothing about right to riot for political vested interests Supreme Court said nothing about right of police commissioner right to drag media owner outside his home without shoes for a fake suicide case which is later droped by him. Supreme court said nothing about election fraud by dominion election voting machine connected remotely via Internet. Supreme court said nothing about big tech companies censorship of anyone they want if he does not concur with big tech company political ideology Supreme court said nothing about Chinese biological warfare on the world

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