6 months in jail if you do not agree to lockdown.Coronavirus stopped the country. The deadly virus has killed 75 people in the country. 1,838 people were affected. 58 people returned home healthy.
Local administration has declared lockdown in most areas of the country to prevent the spread of the deadly virus. Still, many people are walking around without needing lockdown. The risk of spreading the virus is increasing. Those who violate lockdown rules or laws have a six-month jail sentence or a maximum fine of one lakh taka, or both.
In order to tackle public health emergencies and reduce awareness of health risks, the Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Elimination) Act has been enacted in the country for the purpose of raising awareness, preventing, controlling and eliminating infectious diseases. Violation of this law provides for six months imprisonment or a maximum fine of one lakh taka, or both. Meanwhile, the Department of Health has declared ‘risk to the whole country’ to prevent coronavirus infection because of the power of this law.
Article of the Infectious Diseases (Prevention, Control and Elimination) Act, 2018(24) states –
24 (1): If a person helps spread or spread the infectious germs or if he is aware that the other person hides the infected person or the risk of infection when he comes in contact with the establishment, then such act will be a crime.
(2): If a person commits an offense under sub-section (1), he shall be punished for a maximum period of six (six) months or a fine not exceeding one (one) lakh rupees, or both.
Crimes and penalties for obstructing duty and for disobeying instruction
Section 25 of the Act states:
(1): If any person-
(A) obstructs or hinders the Director General, Civil Surgeon or Empowered Officer from discharging any duty conferred upon him, and
(B) disagrees with any direction of the Director General, Civil Surgeon or Empowered Officer for the prevention, control and eradication of infectious diseases,
If that were the case, a similar act would be a crime.
(2) If a person commits an offense under sub-section (1), he shall be punished for a maximum period of three months or a fine not exceeding Tk. 50,000.
Crimes and penalties for giving false or incorrect information
In section 26 it says:
27 (1): If a person deliberately gives false or incorrect information despite knowing the correct information about an infectious disease, then that person will have a similar act.
(2): If a person commits an offense under sub-section (1), he shall be punished for a maximum period of two (two) months or a fine of up to twenty-five thousand) taka or both.
Section 27 of the Act states:
‘The provisions of the Criminal Procedure Code shall be applicable to the filing, investigation, trial and settlement of appeals for any offense committed under this Act.’
Non-enforceability, surety and compromise of crime
Section 28 of the Act states:
‘Offenses committed under this Act shall be non-cognizable, bailable and compoundable.
Section 31 of the Act states:
“In the event of any difficulty in enacting any provision of this Act, the Government may, in accordance with the other provisions of this Act, provide instructions on how to do so by clarifying or clarifying the said provision in the official Gazette.”
Section 32 of the Act states:
“For the purpose of this Act, the Government may make rules by notification in the Official Gazette.”
Section 33 of the Act states, “For the purpose of this Act, the Government may amend the schedule by notification in the official Gazette.
Meanwhile, Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP) is conducting mobile courts around the capital to curb unnecessary stumbling on public holidays announced by the government against the transmission of coronavirus.
On Friday (April 17th), the DMP’s executive magistrates conducted mobile courts in various police stations in Dhaka city. At this time, a mobile court had imposed a fine of Tk. 15,000 on 7 cases in New Market police station of Ramna division. Sutrapur police station area of Lalbagh division was fined Tk.1500 on 6 cases.
The DMP’s mobile court fined five people at Mugda police station area in Motijheel division at taka 1500 and Tk. 13 thousand and 700 in the Uttara division police station.
Dhaka Bureau Chief, April 18,2020