The Allahabad High Court in Uttar Pradesh, India, has ruled that the death of a Covid patient at a hospital due to lack of oxygen supply was a criminal offense. The court also ruled that such deaths due to lack of oxygen were “no less than genocide”. The news agency PTI quoted NDTV and Anandabazar as saying.
Lucknow and Meerut in Uttar Pradesh have recently reported the death of a patient infected with the novel coronavirus (Covid-19) due to lack of oxygen. A public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad High Court in this regard. A division bench of Justice Siddharth Verma and Justice Ajit Kumar directed an inquiry into the case.
“We are suffering from the death of a corona patient due to lack of oxygen supply in the hospital,” the judge said in a statement. These are criminal incidents and in no sense less than genocide. Those responsible for ensuring uninterrupted supply of oxygen to patients are responsible for this genocide. ‘
‘In an age of so much advancement in science when heart transplants, brain surgeries are becoming possible, how can we let people die like this?’, The court added.
The Allahabad High Court has directed the two district magistrates to submit their reports the next day after investigating the allegations of deaths due to lack of oxygen supply in Lucknow and Meerut within 48 hours.