SC takes dig on authorities' approach on media reportage related to Covid-19 issues

The apex court had earlier taken strong note of the registration of criminal cases against those who sought help on social media

SC takes dig on authorities' approach on media reportage related to Covid-19 issues

A family member watches the cremation of a COVID-19 victim at a crematorium in the banks of Brahmaputra river, in Guwahati on May 28, 2021.PTI photo

New Delhi, May 31

The Supreme Court Monday took a dig on authorities for taking strong note of critical media reportage on Covid-19 related issues quipping whether a sedition case has been lodged against a news channel for showing a body being thrown into a river.

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“We saw a picture of a body being thrown in a river. I do not know whether a sedition case has been filed against the news channel for showing that,” quipped Justice DY Chandrachud when the issue of dignified handling of bodies of victims of the deadly virus was raised before a bench headed by him.

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The apex court had earlier taken strong note of the registration of criminal cases against those who sought help for Covid-19 related problems on social media and were critical of the government's handling of the pandemic.

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The top court, which was hearing a suo motu case related to supply of essential medicines, vaccines and medical oxygen to patients of Covid-19, made the remarks when senior advocate and amicus curiae Meenakshi Arora raised the issue of dignified handling of bodies of victims of the deadly virus.

“While crematoriums and burials are state subjects, we have seen that there is no dignity in death. It is unfortunate that we have a large number of crematoriums that are not functioning,” said Arora, who is assisting the special bench, also comprising Justices L Nageswara Rao and S Ravindra Bhat.

Besides the fear of the spread of the deadly virus, the issue was the poor people are unable to dispose of the dead as they find the rituals “expensive,” she said.

— PTI

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