CAA protests: Reports of cops entering hospitals disturbing, declare them safe zones, demands IMA

By: |
Published: December 22, 2019 5:44:51 PM

Violence during the anti-Citizenship (Amendment) Act protests has so far claimed lives in Bijnor, Sambhal, Firozabad, Kanpur, Varanasi and Meerut in the state.

Terming as “disturbing” reports of police allegedly entering hospitals in violence-hit areas during agitations against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) said such actions are “unacceptable” and demanded that hospitals be declared “safe zones”.

The doctors’ body said hospitals are sacrosanct and are exempted from violence even in a war zone.

“What makes the IMA react today is that disturbing reports of denial of access to medical care are emerging. This is unacceptable. Everyone has the right to access medical care.

“The government and its establishment have no right to deny anyone their right of access. Visuals of a policeman violently opening an ICU door by stomping is a clear indication of the new truth and the new standards,” the IMA said in a statement.

Asserting that violence in hospitals is not acceptable, the doctor’s body said that it stands up for retaining hospitals as safe zones.

“There are disturbing reports from areas of protests and resistance that police have entered hospitals and at least in one case the ICU. This is a new low in civic life of the nation but not entirely unexpected given the impunity with which violence is heaped on doctors and hospitals. However the difference this time is that it is the establishment which has lost its restraint,” it said.

Get live Stock Prices from BSE and NSE and latest NAV, portfolio of Mutual Funds, calculate your tax by Income Tax Calculator, know market’s Top Gainers, Top Losers & Best Equity Funds. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Next Stories
1Modi rally in Delhi Highlights: Mamata Banerjee indulging in vote-bank politics, spreading rumours on citizenship law
2CAA stir: Situation peaceful in Bengal; BJP, Jamait ulema-e-Hind to take out rallies in Kolkata
3Congress wrongly portraying BJP as communal: Goa Deputy CM Chandrakant Kavlekar