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India: Attack on doctors - White alert to the nation

Thursday 23 April 2020, by siawi3


UPDATE: attacking a Doctor or health worker a cognizable and non-bailable offense (Govt of India ordinance April 22, 2020)

India: Attacks on Doctors - Text of Indian Medical Association White alert to the nation to observe Black day 23 April 2020

Stop Abuse and Violence Against Doctors and Health Workers

22 April 20

[UPDATE on late 22 April 2020: following a protest call by Indian doctors and an online petition, India’s central government has today promulgated an ordinance to the Epidemic Act making attacking a Doctor or health worker a cognizable and non-bailable offense. There will be NO BAIL, and imprisonment ranging from 6 months-7 years, as well as fine of 50,000- 2 lakh Rupees ... read full details here ]

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White alert to the nation

Indian Medical Association


New Delhi


All State Presidents and Secretaries

All Local branch Presidents and Secretaries

All National office bearers

Past National Presidents and Past HSGs

All CWC members

Dear Dr,

IMA has maintained utmost restraint and patience inspite of extreme provocations. Doctors have been abused, beaten up, denied entry and residence. Obstruction to cremation is the last straw that IMA can bear. If dignity is denied even in death, our patience and restraint lose their value.

We demand a special Central Law against violence on Doctors, nurses, health care workers and Hospitals by an ordinance.


Several violent incidents later, we are where we started our journey. The Covid 19 has only made us acutely aware of our helplessness against mindless abuse and violence. Stigma and social boycott are everywhere. Harassment by administration is nothing but violence by the State. Our patience and restraint are signs of strength.

Our legitimate needs for safe workplaces have to be met.

Abuse and Violence should stop immediately.

White alert to the nation.

All doctors and hospitals to light a candle as protest and vigil.

9 pm Wednesday 22.04.2020

Let not our white become red

Let the Doctors be safe

Let the Hospitals be safe

Enact Central law by Ordinance

Safety and Dignity our demand

Black Day

If the Government fails to enact Central Law on violence against Doctors and Hospitals even after White Alert.

IMA declares Black Day on Thursday 23.04.2020

All the Doctors in the country will work with black badges .

Further decisions will be taken if suitable steps are not taken by the Government even after Black Day.

The state and local branches are requested to disseminate this communication to all members immediately.

Light a candle with white coat.

White Alert is only a warning

[Source : Post by Asit Khanna on - April 21 2020]