Karnataka ready with landmark bill to protect good Samaritans

Karnataka ready with landmark bill to protect good Samaritans

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-11-11 19:40 File Photo: Keshava VitlaBengaluru: Karnataka is all set to become the first state in India to come out with guidelines providing protection to good Samaritans who rush to rescue road accident victims.The Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill will be passed in the coming legislature session. A decision in this regard was taken during the cabinet meeting held recently.Two years ago, the Supreme Court had directed all states to frame guidelines to protect good Samaritans or bystanders who reach out to the aid of victims of road accidents.Speaking to the media, Law Minister TB Jayachandra said, “A large percentage of road accident victims can be saved with immediate medical care. This can happen by motivating people to offer help to accident victims and rush them to hospital for first aid and medical treatment. With this legislation, we want to prevent good Samaritans or bystanders who rescue accident victims from getting involved in police probes and prosecution.”The minister said that Rs 5 crore has been earmarked for payment towards expenses incurred by good Samaritans.In a related development, the Union road transport ministry has come out with the standard operating procedures pertaining to relief in road accidents that took place in January.