“Toothless” law and lack of effective prosecution has led to the mushrooming of quacks rather than stopping such “unscrupulous people”, a Delhi court observed while acquitting a man accused of wrongfully practising medicine.
The court acquitted the man, who is also facing trial in a separate case where a child died after the accused allegedly administered him an injection, saying there was lack of evidence against him owing to investigative lapses which have entirely dented the prosecution case.
The magistrate, while freeing the accused who has served as a medical assistant in Army Corps, noted that the Delhi Bhartiya Chikitsa Parishad (DBCP) Act 1998, under which the accused was charged, does not provide for seizure of articles during raid which shows that it “lacks teeth for effective prosecution of persons involved in quackery.”
“The prosecution has to produce the evidence which is supportive of their case and which requires seizure of things, articles, medicines, prescription slips, records, video footage and other evidence related to, facts and circumstances which are totally ignored in this case,” the court said.
It further said, “it is apparent that the accused served in Army Corps as medical assistant and did not have any requisite qualification to act like a doctor and administer medicines to patients but due to lack of any evidence against him owing to investigative lapses, it dented prosecution case in entirety.”
Expressing concern over rising number of quacks, the court said that medical profession requires specialised education and authorisation and in its absence, such offenders will grow and destroy people’s faith in the field of medicine.