HC asks Centre, Delhi govt to ensure pregnant women face no barriers during lockdown

Outlook | 24 April 2020

New Delhi, Apr 24 (PTI) The Delhi High Court has asked the Centre and the Delhi government to work in tandem to ensure that pregnant women and their family members in coronavirus hotspots face no barriers during the lockdown.

A bench of Justices Hima Kohli and Subramonium Prasad, which conducted the hearing through video conferencing, directed the Delhi government to ensure that the helpline number proposed to be set up within two days for assisting senior citizens during the pandemic are also made available for pregnant women.

“The helpline number shall be publicised adequately in the newspapers and the social media as also through the Delhi Police, wherever possible,” the court order said.

“Union of India and Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi shall work in tandem to make sure that no barriers are faced by pregnant ladies and their family members residing in hot spots during the lockdown,” said the order passed on April 22 and uploaded on the court”s website this afternoon.

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