Calcutta HC directs West Bengal govt to follow WHO, Centre guidelines for Covid-19 patients – Trendinindia

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Calcutta High Court on Tuesday directed the West Bengal authorities to follow the guidelines of the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Government of India throughout cremating or burying the lifeless our bodies of Covid-19 patients.

In a particular listening to through video conferencing, Justice Tapabrata Chakraborty directed the state to make sure that patients got dying certificates earlier than the protocol was adopted.

The excessive court docket order states: “To ensure containment of the virus to the extent possible and at the same time to minimize the anxiety, agony and the threat perception, as an interim measure, this court directs the respondents to take all necessary steps strictly in consonance with the guidelines issued by the authorities, as annexed to the present writ petition.”

“On the returnable date, the respondent no. 5 shall file a report in the form of an affidavit apprising this Court about the developments and the steps taken. List this matter for further consideration on 8th June, 2020,” it additional said.

The court docket issued instructions after listening to a writ petition filed by Senior Counsel Smarajit Roy Chowdhury who had cited an instance of a case in Howrah, which is a pink zone.

Smarajit Roy Chowdhury’s writ petition, filed on April 12, states: “Adjacent to the petitioner’s residence, there is a graveyard and that on April 3, 2020, the local administration allowed the dead body of one Basarat Mollah, who expired due to the virus attack, to be buried though no death certificate was produced.”


Such motion was derogatory to the guidelines issued by the World Health Organization pertaining to the “Infection Prevention and Control for the Safe Management of a Dead Body in the Context of COVID-19”.

In help of such rivalry, he has drawn the eye of the court docket to the averments made in paragraphs 12 to 15 of the writ petition. Smarajit Roy Chowdhury additionally knowledgeable the court docket that the Howrah district has lately been declared as a “hotspot” space.

Interestingly, there was nobody on behalf of the federal government within the listening to on the matter.

The petitioner additionally alleged that the state authorities haven’t taken acceptable steps as per the directives contained within the numerous orders as annexed to the writ petition.

Even the grievances had been flagged to the authorities by a illustration. However, the identical has not been thought of to date and correct steps haven’t been taken by the authorities, he alleged.

There has been lately a fantastic hue and cry in regards to the disposing of the our bodies of Covid-19 patients in West Bengal together with allegations of the fundamental protocol for the identical not being adopted like issuing of a dying certificates and cremating or burying the our bodies at solely specified places to keep away from any additional unfold.