Thane: Police sends notices to 1463 housing societies warning action for discrimination against doctors/nurses

April 23, 2020

Mumbai: Two days after the Thane wing of the Indian Medical Association IMA alleged of humiliation and harassment to the family of a leading medical practitioner, who tested positive for coronavirus, the Thane police has issued notices to 1463 cooperative housing societies and housing complexes, warning of legal action for any kind of discrimination against those engaged in essential services and their families.

The notice, issued by the Thane police commissioner, Vivek Phalsalkar, makes it's clear that no kind of physical or mental harassment to people engaged in essential duties, that include doctors, nurses, paramedics, sanitation workers et all, and their families would be dealt with severity.

"Any individual member, or the housing society as a whole, would invite action under the Disaster Management Act for any kind of ill-treatment or discrimination," Thane police spokeswoman Sukhada Narkar told Mirror Online on Thursday.

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She said the police began the process of issuing such notices since Wednesday, in consultation with the Registrar of Co-operative housing societies, which is the apex governing authority for housing societies and complexes.

She said the police move was subsequent to complaints received by various police stations in the commissionerate about discrimination against the men and women engaged in essential duties, doctor and nurses in particular, following their return from duty, by fellow residents in their respective housing societies.

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"Their families too are not spared from harassment by neighbours, fearing contamination of the virus," she said adding, "though social distancing is good, social discrimination can not be tolerated against the front-line COVID-19 warriors."

Narkar said that the notices to the housing societies and complexes are being sent through the local police stations, split into five zones. While Zone 1 and 5 falls under the Thane city, Bhiwandi falls under Zone 2. Kalyan-Dombivli fall under Zone 3 while Ulhasnagar, Badlapur and Ambernath fall under Zone 4. "The rest of the societies will be covered by tomorrow," she said.

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On Tuesday, the IMA had alleged that residents of a housing complex had refused the family of a doctor who runs a hospital in Vartak Nagar, to undergo quarantine in their flat after the doctor tested positive for coronavirus.

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