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Supreme Court upholds rules to support Good Samaritans (analysis of news article from The Hindu)

The SC upheld a centre govt. notification issuing standard operating procedure (SOP) for protection and examination of ‘Good Samaritans’ and the notification is binding on all state govts. and authorities.

Background:

Good Samaritans are those who help road accident victims. Earlier due to harassment by police and legal hurdles people were hesitant enough to help road side victims. The Transport Ministry took note of the flaw and in an effort to bring positive change issued a notification stating:

         1.The people who come to the rescue of the accident victims will not be harassed.

         2. The guidelines protect good samaritans from any civil & criminal liability among other things.

         3. The disclosure of the name has also been made voluntary.

         4. The guidelines further prevent the police or a hospital from detaining a bystander who brings an accident victim in to a medical facility.

According to the National Crime Records Bureau more than 1 lakh people die in road accidents every year. So this notification hopes to bring a positive change in attitude of people and authorities.



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