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Tuesday, September 14, 2021

Suicide due to corona should be considered as death due to Covid-19, Supreme Court directs Center

The Supreme Court on Monday asked the central government to see that in cases where someone commits suicide due to corona, it should be treated as a death due to Kovid-19. New guidelines should be given to the states in this regard.

Some things need to be considered


The bench of Justice MR Shah said that we have seen your affidavit, but some things should be considered further. In the affidavit, the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare of the Center has made guidelines regarding easy certification of people who have died of Kovid. These instructions have been sent to the states. It was in these guidelines that if death occurs due to poisoning or other accident, even if Kovid 19 is one of the reasons in it. It will not be considered as a death due to Kovid.

Government to issue new guidelines for the states

The court said that it is not acceptable to consider the death of the person who committed suicide due to corona not as a death due to Kovid. They should also get a death certificate from Kovid. The court said that in cases where it was refused earlier, how should this certificate be given. The government should issue new guidelines for the states in this regard.

Significantly, the Central Government had refused to give compensation to the families of those who died of Kovid, which was also accepted by the court. But, the court asked the central government what has been done about fixing the compensation under the Disaster Management Act. Inform the court about this. SG Tushar Mehta told the court that this detail would be placed before the court on the next date, September 23.