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Maha doctors to face action over denial of care to rape survivors

DNMUM429799 | 1/12/2019 | Author : Sanjay Jog | WC :386 | Mumbai

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Mumbai: Doctors and medical practitioners in Maharashtra cannot deny free medical treatment to the survivors of sex abuse and acid attacks. In the event of a denial, they will be punished under Section 166 (b) of the Indian Penal Code which envisages the maximum imprisonment up to one year or with fine or both.
The state public health department has issued fresh guidelines on January 10 to the effect. They will also be applicable for free medical treatment to minor survivors under the Protection of Children from Sexual Offences (POCSO) Act, 2012.
Doctors and medical practitioners will have to prepare a report and collect samples from the survivors within 96 hours, say the norms.
State public health department Und
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