Supreme Court on Tuesday stated that after the move of pasting the posters of the Covid patients outside their homes, they were treated as untouchables, reflecting a different kind of ground reality.
The Centre submitted in its reply that although the government has not prescribed this rule, the practice has nothing to do with stigmatizing the Covid-19 patients as it is aimed at protecting other people.
A bench of Justice Ashok Bhushan, Justice R Subhash Reddy, and Justice MR Shah stated that the ground reality is different and pasting of the posters outside their homes resulted in the ill-treatment of the patients as untouchables.
Solicitor General Tushar Mehta, representing the Centre government submitted that some of the states are pursuing the practice on their own in order to prevent the spread of the coronavirus.
He further added that the Centre has already filed a reply to the plea urging for directions to issue nationwide guidelines to do away with the practice of pasting pictures outside houses of Covid-19 patients.
“Let the counter filed by Union come on record we will take it up on Thursday,” the bench said.