The Punjab and Haryana High Court has issued notice to the state of Punjab on a petition filed by a woman seeking registration of an FIR for HIV infection against the SMO of Civil Hospital, Bathinda and two former officials of Blood Bank, Bathinda. positive blood inside him.
The HC bench of Justice Jasgurpreet Singh Puri has issued notice to the respondents for November 30.
In her petition before the High Court, the woman has alleged that when she was admitted to the Civil Hospital, Bathinda for treatment of anemia on May 6, 2020.
During his stay in the hospital, he was transfused with HIV+ blood by a former medical laboratory technician.
The woman’s counsel, Advocate HC Arora, submitted that on October 5, 2020, a committee of doctors had submitted an inquiry report to the SMO, Bathinda confirming the above case. However, the SMO did not take any steps to trace the petitioner, and approached too late in August, 2021, when he visited the Civil Hospital, Bathinda, when he tested HIV+.
According to the petitioner, her husband and her seven-year-old daughter have also tested HIV+ as being infected by her.
Thus the woman along with two other officials of the hospital has sought registration of an FIR against the SMO under section 269 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life) of IPC and other relevant provisions.