The Gauhati High Court ordered punishment for those who violate Covid-19 protocol such as not wearing a mask. A Tanmay Jyoti Mahanta in a public interest litigation (PIL) argued that the mechanisms of the state have failed miserably in implementing the mandatory use of appropriate masks by the people of the state who are moving out their homes. People do not maintain proper social distancing in public places or work, the applicant stated in the PIL.
“We suffer in the record that is a common knowledge that the people of the state in markets and others may be generally visible without wearing a mask or wear masks below the level of the nose that would result in the spread of Covid -19. We also find that people gather in groups in the markets and in an environment without worrying about their own health or the health of others. Surely no resident / citizen has the right to his own life-threatening or life of others in danger. To this end, various laws were made and in the exercise of power various orders were issued. The controls, however, are apparently violated because the punitive action is not communicated in this context taken against offenders of government orders and notifications, “the court observed.
The Court ordered the police concerned district chiefs, Deputy Superintendents of Police and in-charge of police stations to be proactive in the streets and check whether the guidelines issued vacuum order of 08.05.2020 ( above) and the Court are complied with or not. If the instructions are followed, although imposed as provided in an order dated 05.08.2020.