Secularism is not a shield for disobeying the law
The epidemic of corona started in the country of China in December 2019 and since then has spread to various countries like the USA, Italy, Spain, UAE, India inclusive. As the number of people being infected by this disease increased in India, the Union Government imposed a National Lockdown in all states of the country for a period of 21 days starting from 24th of March 2020 in order to curtail the spread of the virus. This limited the movement of people around the places they lived and also shut down all the commercial openings of the country and made provisions for the working of only essential supplies such as medicines and necessary groceries.
During this period, all transport services were suspended, and all the domestic and international airlines were not allowed to ply. All religious activities were ordered to be stopped as gatherings in huge numbers were against the principles of lockdown. All the major festivals and Utsav during the period of lockdown were called off, including the Ramnavami, which was to be celebrated in Ayodhya from the 24th of March to 2nd April. The numbers were contained, and the number of patients being tested positive per day was stabilizing to a hundred or two per day. The graph picked up as people from the Islam Fraternity attended the religious congregation at Tablighi Jamaat’s headquarters at Nizamuddin despite repeated instruction of the Union Government not to gather in large numbers. This became the Coronavirus hotspot in India, and after the people attended this conference, there were approximately more than 800 patients tested positive in relation to this event. Nearly 65% of the new cases reported Until April 3rd, 2020, are linked to the Tablighi Jamaat’s event in Delhi last month.
Undoubtedly, India is a secular country and has equal recognition and space for each of the religions in the country, but how rational is it to put the entire nation’s population’s health at stake because of the gathering of one particular group of people? Under Article 14 of the Indian Constitution, the people have promised themselves that there will be no discrimination against any person based on any criteria. The citizens of the country also have the primary responsibility to take any order or request from the government in an equal manner, and each and every one of them has the responsibility to follow them. When the law is the same for everyone, each citizen of the country has a duty to support them, especially in critical situations such as this epidemic.
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