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The current situation has been dire, to say the least. The Pandemic is besieging our nation and world. This is affecting our Justice system as well. The pandemic has halted the functioning of our Courts to a certain degree. Thus, for the resumption of the courts, the HC has come up with the idea to manufacture face masks. The prison inmates will contribute in this regard. 

Contention 

A senior High Court Counsel argued that wearing masks will be a grave necessity. Taking into consideration the existing pattern until the year-end. Hence, the Virus won’t infect the Visitors at Court this way. However, this is possible either with the defensive apparatus or with enough wellbeing measures. 

When the Courts move out of the prohibitive working mode, individuals from all sections will begin frequenting the buildings. Thus, a face cover is the most fundamental and basic shield against the Covid-19 pandemic. The worry is that not all going to the Courts will be cautious to forestall the spread of the infection and secure themselves. Therefore, free face masks can be helpful in such a situation. 

The High Court has clarified the limitations imposed on the working of the Subordinate Courts in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh. Taking into account the COVID-19 flare-up, the working of the Courts will proceed within the time limit and until the lockdown is in force. 

Observation of the Court

It is a request to All-regional and Sub-divisional courts in Punjab, Haryana, and Chandigarh that work will begin “prohibitively” from May 1. And continue, “till the lockdown/check-in time is in power in the individual territory”.

Accessible data proposes that Patiala has four correctional facilities with satisfactory foundations, for example, sewing machines. The examples arranged are of “brilliant defensive quality” by the prisoners. These mechanisms can help produce Face Masks. It was also said that “Along these lines, we will utilize the current framework and accessible labour. The prisoners too will complete a gainful assignment”.

Gurgaon Sessions Division, under the oversight of District and Sessions Judge MM Dhonchak, has accepted to propel a comparable task.

Judgment

The Patiala prison detainees can prepare defensive face masks, which will be given to the visitors at the courts free of cost Punjab and Haryana High Court manage this task. Moreover, Justice Rajan Gupta confirmed this through video-conferencing on Friday.

Justice Gupta conceptualised this thought of making Face Masks by Detainees. Additionally, Justice Gupta is a regulatory appointed authority of the Patiala Sessions Division. Moreover now, the non-government association has been roped in for giving great quality material to set up the masks.


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