Quacks to be charged with murder

The health department has decided to slap murder and attempt to murder charges against quacks carrying out illegal abortions in the state. Since 2014, the department had caught 1,472 quacks mostly in districts like Tiruvannamalai, Salem and Tiruvallur.

However all of them managed to get bail due to weak anti quackery laws Once the Tamil Nadu Private Clinical Establishments (Regulations) Amendment Act, 2018,passed in the Assembly last month, comes into force, it would be easier to nail quacks. Provisions in the bill make it mandatory that every clinical establishment should get license after registration with the Directorate of Medical Services.