Tamilnadu government issued an ordinance that seeks to sentence people to threee years in prison for disrupting or preventing burial of patients, who die due to notified diseases. The move comes in the wake if increasing incidents or local people preventing burial of bodies of Covid-19 victims in Chennai and other parts of the state. Anyone preventing or attempting to prevent the bodies of patients, who die of notified diseases, from getting a dignified burial or cremation will be sentenced anywhere from one year to three years, besides a fine, under Section 74 of the Tamil Nadu Public Health Act, 1939. Article 213 in The Constitution Of India 1949 Power of Governor to promulgate Ordinances during recess of Legislature. If at any time, except when the Legislative Assembly of a State is in session, or where there is a Legislative Council in a State, except when both Houses of the Legislature are in session, the Governor is satisfied that circumstances exist which render it necessary for him to take immediate action, he may promulgate such Ordinance as the circumstances appear to him to require An Ordinance promulgated under this article shall have the same force and effect as an Act of Legislature of the State assented to by the Governor, but every such Ordinance If and so far as an Ordinance under this article makes any provision which would not be valid if enacted in an Act of the legislature of the State assented to by the Governor.
TN issues ordinance; Up to 3 years’ jail term for preventing burial of Covid victims
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