Karnataka becomes the first State to introduce Good Samaritan Bill in State Assembly
On November 30, 2016, Karnataka Government introduced the “Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation during Emergency Situations) Bill” in the Legislative Assembly making it the first state in India to move towards enacting a Good Samaritan Law. This Bill, .drafting of which was supported by SaveLIFE Foundation, aims to provide protection to Good Samaritans, who come to the aid of victims of road accident and other emergency situations, from ensuing legal and procedural hassles.
Supreme Court judgment providing protection to Good Samaritans
In Writ Petition (Civil) 235 of 2012 SaveLIFE Foundation v. Union of India, the Apex Court passed its judgment (AIR 2016 SC 1617) by incorporating the guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans and Standard Operating Procedures for the examination of Good Samaritans by the Police and during trial, and by invoking Article 141 and 142 of the Constitution of India, it made the said guidelines and SOPs binding throughout the territory of India thereby giving them the “force of law”.
Issuance of Standard Operating Procedures for the examination of Good Samaritans
Pursuant to the guidelines issued on May 12, 2015, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued a notification in the official Gazette of India laying down Standard Operating Procedures (SOPs) for the examination of Good Samaritans by the Police and during trial.
Issuance of guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans
On May 12, 2015, the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoRTH) issued notification in the official Gazette of India laying down guidelines for the protection of Good Samaritans from legal and procedural hassles.
Introduction of Private Member Bill in the Parliament
Mrs. Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), introduced ‘The Good Samaritan (Protection from Civil and Criminal Liabilities) and Miscellaneous Provisions Bill, 2014’ on December 12, 2014 in the Lok Sabha. This bill provided for protection to Good Samaritans from civil and criminal liabilities by establishing supportive legal environment, constitution of Good Samaritans authority, obligations of hospitals and clinics and for matters connected to the issue.
Change.org petition to Introduce a Good Samaritan Law in the Parliament
SLF started this online petition asking the Union Health Minister J P Nadda to introduce a Good Samaritan Law in India. The petition, which started with a single signature, garnered the support of 94, 957 people in a few months.
Study on Impediments to bystander care in India
SLF initiated a study in seven cities to develop a first-hand account of factors that hinder bystanders from coming forth as first responders to assist a seriously injured victim on the road. It was carried out among 1027 road users in Delhi, Hyderabad, Kanpur, Ludhiana, Mumbai, Indore and Kolkata