All-State Governments have imposed several restrictions on the celebration of any festivals in the wake of Coronavirus pandemic. Group of Shia Muslims had filed a petition in the Supreme Court (SC) to conduct the procession on Muharram. However, SC declined the permission for possession and quoted that if permitted, then one community would be targeted for the spread of Coronavirus.
Although SC declined
the permission, in several cities, Shia Muslims have carried out the procession. As a result, the local Governments have taken the action for violating the restrictions.
, thousands of Shia Muslims have gathered on the streets to observe the 10th day of Muharram. The procession has also sparked a debate on social media, with the State Government being criticized by many who pointed out that it had earlier denied permission to take out Ganesh procession in the city. After the criticism, Hyderabad Police have registered six cases in connection with the 10th Muharrum Bibi Ka Alam procession for violation of lockdown rules.
The Hyderabad Police officers alleged that despite lockdown rules in are force and Telangana High Court orders, the members of Shia Community have taken out a procession and also indulged in Khooni Matam. The cases have been booked under IPC section 188 (Disobedience to order duly promulgated by public servant), 341 (wrongful restraint),269 (Negligent act likely to spread infection of disease dangerous to life),270( malignantly does any act likely to spread the infection of any disease dangerous to life). The police have also invoked the Disaster Management Act 1950, The Epidemic Diseases Act 1897
In Jammu and Kashmir, hundreds of Shia Muslims carried out the Muharram procession by violating the Government's restrictions. When the police started opposing, the mob became violent. The mob started throwing stones at the police. Several police persons were injured in the mob attack. As a result, police fired pellets and tear gas to disburse the violent mob.
, Madhya Pradesh, police arrested 28 men who carried out Muharram procession without permission. Six out of 28 has been charged under NSA — including a former Corporator Usman Patel. The other 22 have been booked for violating prohibitory orders under section 144 and remanded in jail.
Many such incidents have been reports across the country on the occasion of Muharram festival. On social media, some people criticized the behavior of Shia Muslims. Following are some reactions.