Karnataka State legislature passed the Karnataka Good Samaritan and Medical Professional (Protection and Regulation During Emergency Situations) Bill, 2016.
The Bill aimed to provide protection to Good Samaritans and ensure quick medical aid for road accident victims and encourage people to offer first aid to victims without fear of legal wrangles.
In the absence of an established Emergency Medical Services system in India, bystanders can play a crucial role in ensuring timely help for victims. However, bystanders often refrain from helping due to the fear of legal and procedural hassles.
Karnataka is one of the top five States in road accident deaths in India with over 10,800 people being killed in 2015 alone, and hence the State government took the initiative to pass the Bill.