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Sunday, April 11, 2010

Attacking Docs Non-bailable Offense in Maharashtra

The Maharashtra assembly has passed the Maharashtra Medicare Service Persons and Medicare Service Institution (Prevention of Violence and Damage or Loss to Property) Act, 2010 on Friday.

Under the provisions of the act, any attack on doctors or medicare service personnel would result in a fine of Rs 50,000 and a three-year jail term. Minister of State for Law and Justice Bhaskar Jadhav tabled the bill, which states, "Any offender, who commits or attempts to commit or abets or incites the commission of any act of violence....shall be punished with imprisonment which may be extended to three years and with fine, which may extend to Rs.50,000."

It is a non-bailable offense and any attacker will have to pay twice the damages for any loss caused by the said attack.

The Indian Medical Association and several other doctors' associations had demanded such a law after attacks on doctors last year.



  1. The law will bring relief not just to all doctors in Maharashtra but it also includes all medical units and staff. It will be applicable to the nursing staff, interns, medical and nursing students and clerical staff of both government and private hospitals and clinics.

  2. Hope this law gets applicable throughout the country fast. It is the need of the hour.