Among the entire conundrum encircling the Covid-19 pandemic and fears, there has been lodged the country’s 1st novel coronavirus-related FIR.
You must have heard about the Bangalore techie working at Google Inc. who was tested Covid-19 positive after returning from his Greece visit with his wife.
It turns out that his father-in-law has been charged with India’s first coronavirus-related FIR, under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897 for allegedly lying to the health officials about the infection.
Bangalore Techie’s Wife Tests Positive
The newly married Bangalore couple with a travel history from Greece, landed in Mumbai on 6 March. The 25-year old wife tested positive for Covid-19 on March 12.
The wife of the techie was admitted to the railway hospital’s isolation ward and her sample was sent for testing. She, however, managed to slip away even before her lab report reached the authorities and allegedly hid at her parental home in Agra.
She took a flight to Delhi at 1.40 am the next day and reached at 4.25 am. From there, she took the 8.10 am Gatimaan Express train to Agra.
Her family has also been placed under quarantine and the department is tracking down the people she may have come in contact during her five-hour wait at the airport, also during her flight to Delhi and train to Agra, apart from interactions with family members.
Techie’s Father-in-law Charged under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897
The wife’s father is a railway officer and allegedly misled the health officials, when they asked about his daughter and told them that she had gone to Bangalore.
He revealed the truth later when the authorities called the police. He has been booked under the Epidemic Disease Act 1897, along with sections 269 and 270 of the IPC that pertained to unlawful and negligent act that could spread the infection.
The charges carry provisions of a prison term up to two years, or fine, or both.