Karnataka High Court: A Division Bench of Abhay S. Oka, CJ and B.V. Nagarathna, J., asked for the State Government’s response with regard to breach of social distancing norms at a political leaders house, incident of assault on doctors, nurses and ASHA workers and action being taken on the complaints filed with respect to domestic violence.

Bench invited the attention of Additional Advocate General with regard to the incident wherein the doctors, nurses, health workers and ASHA workers were assaulted. State Government  has been asked to place an action report.

Further the bench received a petition in which a complaint was submitted about the breach of guidelines concerning the social distancing in a marriage ceremony held in the house of a prominent political leader. State Government has been asked to respond to the same.

A large number of instances of domestic violence as a consequence of the lockdown have also been reported. State Government asked to take action on the basis of complaints filed in the said regard.

State has also been asked by the Court to render assistance to those who are suffering from mental disturbance due to the situation created by COVID-19.

Counsel for Karnataka State Legal Services Authority, points out that in other parts of the State, the passes are being regularly issued to the paralegal volunteers, the Deputy Commissioner of Bengaluru Urban District is refusing to issue such passes. In the said regard, Court directs Bengaluru Urban District to immediately consider the request made by the DLSA, Bengaluru Urban District and to issue passes.

Matter is to be listed on 24-04-2020. [Mohammed Arif Jameel v. Union of India, 2020 SCC OnLine Kar 442 , decided on 21-04-2020]

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