Feb 28, 2022
Can the government place restrictions on unvaccinated persons?
The Gauhati High Court has asked the Mizoram government to modify its order which stated that only vaccinated members of a family can step out for errands in localities having significant COVID-19 active cases. The government order further held that only vaccinated individuals should be engaged in shops or undertake any work, and only vaccinated drivers and conductors should be allowed to operate public transport.
The Court said that the government cannot place unjustified, unreasonable and arbitrary restrictions only upon unvaccinated persons, banning them from earning their livelihood or leaving their houses to obtain essential items. Such restrictions violate Article 14 (right to equality), 19 (right to livelihood) and 21 (right to life and personal liberty) of the Constitution.
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