Healthcare :: Delhi Court asks police to register case against alleged quacks

A Delhi Court has expressed its anguish over large number of quacks practising in the “every nook and corner” of the capital city right under the nose of law enforcement agencies, reports PTI.

Quoting Delhi Medical Association, Metropolitan Magistrate Surinder S Rathi said, every 10 minutes, a patient either loses his life or undergoes irreparable damage to his health at the hands of quacks.

The Court directed registration of a case against a couple for allegedly practising quackery and causing death of 12-year-old child here.

“According to an estimate, as many as 40,000 quacks are still operating within Delhi and steps were required to be taken to contain the menace of quackery, which had spread its tentacles in the entire capital city,” the Court said, asking the city police to reply as to why the grievances of the victim’s father were not looked into for four months.

“Delhi Police Joint Police Commissioner (Northern Range) is to look into reasons as to how the grievances of the complainant were not redressed by the police even though four months have passed since the unfortunate death of the deceased child Umesh,” the Metropolitan Magistrate said in an order recently.

The Court asked the official to file an action taken report within 15 days, while directing the Sultanpuri police station to register an FIR invoking Sections 304 (causing death by negligence), 419 (cheating by personation) and 420 (cheating) of the IPC against a husband-wife duo Amit Verma and Asha Devi, accused of practicing medicine here without any formal qualification.

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