The Chhattisgarh High Court on 12th June 2021, issued directions to the State Governments to take all the required precautions regarding the first dosage of the COVID 19 vaccine and, regarding the third wave of the COVID 19, which is expected to come during September this year. The court also took notice of people who succumbed to the Coronavirus and their rights under Article 21 of the Indian Constitution.
The court observed that the Vaccination Programme in indeed a complex phenomenon in a country like India with vast density of population. The precision to accuracy is very hard to achieve, especially when the functioning is being managed digitally as it apparently dividing the percentage of the population where the particular area where the vaccination centres are established.
While discussing about the issue of inhuman and improper disposal of body, the Court ordered the State Governments to ensure that the, bodies of people who succumbed their lives to COVID 19 are cremated or buried in a respected manner. As even though they are dead they have right to be decently and respectfully cremated/buried. This right has been inclusively given to them under the provisions of Article 21 (Right to Life), in the Constitution of India.
With regards to the third wave of Covid 19, the court has asked both the Central and State Government, to elaborate upon the measures they are taking in order to vaccinate their 80% of the population before the 3rd wave of the Coronavirus. The 3rd wave is expected to hit the children below the age group of 18 years and thus the High Court has asked the states to file status report in reference to the “Time Bound Vaccination Program”. This report shall aim at completion of Vaccination Program before the third wave of the pandemic spreads it’s leg in September 2021, to minimize the impact of the third wave.
– Animesh Raizada, Intern, POSH at Work