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Report of the case Nandlal Malviya vs. State of MP & Others

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Nandlal Malviya v. State of MP & Others
WRIT PETITION NO (PIL) 19968/2017

Date of Ruling Order or Status of the Case
The petition was filed before the Honorable High Court of M.P.  on 17.11.2017.
The first hearing was scheduled on 21.11.2017 .Order was given to the respondent to seek instructions about the payment of compensation to the petitioner.

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Snehalata Singh @ Salenta & Ors vs State of UP & Ors: UP government directs state, Centre to file affidavits detailing measures taken to ensure public healthcare

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PUBLIC INTEREST LITIGATION (PIL) No. - 14588 of 2009

The public interest litigation was filed in the Allahabad High Court by a woman who works as a casual labourer in a brick kiln who suffered because of poor medical facilities in government hospitals. The petitioner went into labour on February 13, 2007, and was admitted to the Purkanji Public Health Centre (PHC). After delivery and her discharge from the hospital, she found that she was discharging urine continuously – a complication that she had never faced earlier.

After this, for months, she was forced to visit hospital after hospital before her condition could even be diagnosed. In first couple of hospitals, she was prescribed ineffectual medication; doctors there dismissed her calls for more treatment, telling her to visit private hospitals if she wanted better treatment. For the next couple of months, she continued to visit more hospitals seeking treatment for her condition, but to no avail. In some cases, she was forced to discontinue prohibitively expensive medication.  Finally, in May, a hospital in Muzaffarnagar diagnosed her with a Urethra-Vaginal Fistula – a hole in her bladder, which was causing her incontinence. However, she failed to get treatment at this hospital due to a paucity of funds.

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Mass Hysterectomy : Dr. Narendra Gupta vs. Union of India & Others; Supreme Court of India, Writ Petition (Civil) 131/2013

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Dr. Narendra Gupta, a public health expert conducted a fact-finding on hysterectomies in Dausa District, Rajasthan and collected documentation of similar practices in Bihar and Chhattisgarh. Human Rights Law Network (HRLN) filed the petition in the Supreme Court to ensure compensation for the victims and meaningful policy changes. Fact-finding and media reports from the Respondent states uncovered a widespread pattern of doctors performing medically unnecessary hysterectomies to reap high insurance fees from the government. Moreover, fact-finding investigations in each state found significant gaps in the delivery of healthcare services under the National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) including, but not limited to, inadequately staffed and unhygienic rural public healthcare centres leading women to seek medical care at private hospitals. 

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SC notice to Centre, states on leprosy treatment, drug availability

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PANKAJ SINHA VERSUS UNION OF INDIA AND ORS

Writ Petition(Civil) No(s). 767/2014

Supreme Court /Delhi Unit/Health Rights

The Supreme Court issued notice on 1 September 2014 to the central and state governments on a petition seeking availability of drugs for pregnant women suffering from leprosy and ending discrimination against children from the disease-affected families in educational institutions.

LeprosyA bench of Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Vikramajit Sen issued notice, returnable in four weeks, on a petition by HRLN Lawyer Pankaj Sinha who had sought directions for the availability of drugs at primary health centres and their proper administration for treatment of the pregnant women suffering from leprosy.

Appearing for the petitioner, senior counsel Colin Gonsalves sought the direction that there be no discrimination in educational institutions, whether government or private, of the children of the leprosy-affected families on account of some kind of inhibition which had no constitutional sanction and same should be stopped.

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NRHM Scam in Nagaland High Court Appeal for CBI probe

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W.P.C.No 179 k 2013

Rosemary Dzuvichu versus Union of India & Ors.

After hearing of the petition filed by Naga Mother’s Association (NMA) against the state government’s inaction to demands for probing the scam under National Rural Health Mission (NRHM), the Kohima Bench of the Gauhati High Court, Tuesday directed the petitioners seeking police action, to file “miscellaneous case” for “prayer for CBI investigation.”

Justice Choudhary who heard the case filed by Rosemary Dzüvichü & another representing Naga Mothers Association (NMA) versus Government of Nagaland over police inaction, directed that the CBI “must come in” and asked the petitioners to file a prayer in this regard.

Rosemary Dzüvichü ,convener of the NMA Committee on NRHM informed this Correspondent that the “miscellaneous case” for “prayer for CBI investigation will be filed on Thursday.She said NMA had earlier, demanded a high-level inquiry into the alleged anomalies in the implementation of National Rural Health Mission (NRHM) in the state during 2012.

Rosemary said NMA had, on March 3,2013 submitted a memorandum to then Governor Nikhil Kumar seeking probe into the “dubious implementation” of NRHM in the state. She said the minister in-charge was also apprised of detection of several anomalies and misappropriation of funds under NHRM in the state.She said despite one and half months, no action was taken after which, NMA then filed an FIR with SP (Crime) PHQ in June 2013 on the belief that corruption at the highest levels involving high ranking officers should be dealt with by the SP (Crime).

Tuesday’s court directive came after the NMA filed its petition in September 2013 seeking court intervention in the case. In the petition, NMA alleged several anomalies, particularly in Janani Suraksha Yojana (JSY), where some of the women beneficiaries were not paid money and even discrepancies in the grant for birth of boy and girl child.

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