Karnataka tried new law to protect doctors and failed. Only protecting patients will help now

In a civilised society, a law singling out violence against any specific category of people would be unnecessary — in the broadest moral sense, it is as wrong to attack a doctor as it would be to attack an electrical engineer, bus driver or hairdresser. But, unlike the latter, doctors are required to treat anyone who turns up at their doors as they continue to abide by the Hippocratic oath. Thus, laws protecting them from personal harm are justified.

But why do people beat up doctors in the first place?

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