COVID-19 Maharashtra: 25 booked for having a wedding party without masks

ST Staff
Tuesday, 30 June 2020

A wedding celebration in Shirur Tehsil landed 25 people in trouble after they were found violating the social distancing norms without a mask.

While most of us have bid goodbye to the idea of having a big, fat Indian wedding during the ongoing COVID-19 outbreak, there are several for whom the idea still hasn't reached home! Wedding ceremonies have now moved to a virtual space, with video-conferencing becoming the new norm for the celebration. Apart from the same, new guidelines also involve inviting a limited number of guests for the procession. A lot of these celebrations have been toned down for the year after keeping the hygiene in mind.

However, these norms were paid little heed to in a procession that was recently held in cash-rich rural pockets of Maharashtra. On Saturday afternoon, a bridegroom, his parents and 25 others were booked for not following the social distancing norms, as well as not wearing masks, during a wedding procession held in the Morachi Chincholi village, Shirur Tehsil. 

The news reached the cops after a video of their wedding party reached them. While they had reiterated once before that not more than 50 people should be present for a wedding, a lot of it was ignored by the party as a live band was deployed at the venue and scores of people continued to dance to their music. "The families had not obtained any permission for the wedding ceremony," Praveen Khanapure, inspector in charge of Shirur police station, was quoted saying to Pune Mirror. "A DJ was used for the procession, where nobody wore masks. No person has been arrested yet."

The groom, Ganesh Thopate along with his father Appsaheb Thopate, were amongst those who were booked under the Indian Penal Code 188 (disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 269 and 270 (negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life; malignant act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life). Apart from these, the party was also booked under relevant sections of the Disaster Management Act, 2005 and the Epidemic Diseases Act, 1897.

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