Knowing the quality of a product is a fundamental right, Supreme Court expanded the scope of the right to health.

Ronit Kawale
Ronit Kawale - Senior Editor
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New Delhi: The Supreme Court has said that under the right to health, the consumer also has the right to know about the quality of the product. In this way, the court has expanded the scope of the right to health. The court said, giving information about the quality of the product is not only the responsibility of the manufacturer and service provider, but also the responsibility of the media, celebrities and influencers promoting the product. Advertisers and advertising agencies and those promoting that product should work responsibly. They will also have to take responsibility as per the guidelines, so that the consumer's trust is not broken. They should not be exploited.

Instructions given to advertising company also

The Supreme Court said, in the case of misleading advertising, there is no concrete system where consumers can lodge their complaints. To protect consumer rights within the scope of the right to health, the Court directed that advertisers and advertising agencies comply with cable television network rules before releasing advertisements. The Supreme Court bench led by Justice Hima Kohli has given provisions related to consumer rights in the order given in the Patanjali case. In this case, in the petition filed by IMA, it was said that misleading advertisements should be banned and regulated. The Supreme Court had issued a contempt notice against Patanjali and others in the case and the Supreme Court has reserved its decision in the case.

Right to health: People need to be aware
The Supreme Court has given many decisions from time to time regarding the right to health. broadly defined. During Covid, the Supreme Court has said in an important decision on 18 December 2020 that the right to health is a fundamental right. Under the right to health, treatment should be in the pocket of common people. During the hearing in the climate change case, the Chief Justice had said that the right to life cannot be fully realized without a clean environment. Now, after the decision given by the Supreme Court in the present case, the scope of the right to health has become quite wide with these decisions. This is directly related to the common people, who need to be aware of this right.

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