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14th September, 2017
Draft guidelines for prosecution under 304 A
Guidelines for protecting doctors from frivolous or unjust prosecution against medical negligence 
WHEREAS, the Hon'ble Supreme Court in Jacob Mathew vs. State of Punjab (AIR 2005 SC 3189) had observed that statutory rules or executive instructions incorporating certain guidelines need to be framed and issued by the Government of India and/or the State Governments in consultation with the Medical Council of India;
WHEREAS, the Hon'ble Supreme Court had, "so long as it is not done", proceeded to lay down certain guidelines which should govern the prosecution of doctors for offences for which criminal rashness or negligence is as ingredient. The following guidelines were laid down:
"A private complaint may not be entertained unless the complainant has produced prima facie evidence before the Court in the form of a credible opinion given by another competent doctor to support the charge of rashness or negligence on the part of the accused doctor.
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Mental illnesses still not given due importance in India
Mental disorders such as schizophrenia need more awareness and acknowledgment in the country

New Delhi, 13 September 2017: According to a recent conducted countrywide survey, about 13.7% of India's general population suffers from a variety of mental illnesses. And, about 10.6% of them need immediate medical intervention. Although India was one of the first countries to put in place a national mental health programme, the progress on this front has been abysmal. Mental illness is still not accorded the importance it should be in our country, feel IMA officials.

One such mental disorder is Schizophrenia, which is a chronic and severe mental disorder affecting the way a person thinks, feels, and behaves. People with schizophrenia feel out of touch with reality.
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