People unable to discipline themselves: Bombay HC on masks

People unable to discipline themselves: Bombay HC on masks

Mumbai, May 7 (PTI) The Aurangabad bench of Bombay
High Court on Friday said it was unfortunate that people have
to be penalised to get them to wear masks.

A division bench of Justices R V Ghuge and B U
Debadwar, hearing a bunch of petitions related to the COVID-19
pandemic, said the problem with citizens was that they were
unable to discipline themselves.

The bench noted that people wear masks below their
chin leaving the nose and mouth open.

“It is unfortunate people have to be advised to
protect themselves and, at times, have to be penalised so as
to make it compulsory for them to protect themselves, as if
they have no responsibility towards themselves and their
family members,” the court said.

The court said, despite this, each citizen likes to
blame the police and administration for the rise in COVID-19
cases.

“It is quite shameful that we are unable to discipline
ourselves and find it very easy to blame the administration,”
it said.

The court said it was compelled to pass orders making
the use of masks and helmets (for two wheelers) compulsory as
if it is only the government”s duty to protect citizens and
that citizens owe no duty towards themselves or their family
members.

The court directed the administration, including the
police, to strictly implement COVID-19 instructions and ensure
that any person found in public streets not wearing a mask is
penalised.

The bench also took note of media reports of a former
mayor of Aurangabad, Nandkumar Ghodele, celebrating his
birthday by violating restrictions and said the photographs
published in newspapers show the mayor being fed with sweets
by several persons who were not wearing masks.

The court was informed by the chief public prosecutor
D R Kale that an offence was registered in this connection.

Kale said a case was also registered against MLA
Sanjay Shirsath for organising a ”bhoomi pujan”.

“We are surprised that people”s representatives, who
are expected to lead from the front and should aspire to
become ideal leaders and role models, are taking pride in
celebrating bhoomi pujan and their birthdays publicly by
violating COVID-19 restrictions,” the court said.

It posted the matter for further hearing on May 12.
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