The Ganjam district administration in Odisha imposed a penalty of ₹50,000 on both the bride and the groom’s families conducting a marriage procession while violating social distancing norms and not wearing masks.
“A fine of ₹50,000 has been collected and a police complaint has also been lodged against both the bride and the groom’s families for holding the marriage in violation of COVID-19 rules,” Ganjam District Collector Vijay Amrita Kulange said.
Mr. Kulange said the Regional Transport Officer had seized the car in which the wedding procession was undertaken. Stating that self-enjoyment should not ruin others’ lives, he urged people to follow social distancing norms.
A case has been registered for violation of Covid-19 guidelines for organising a marriage procession with more than 50 guests in the premises of a hotel. They disregarded the compulsory use of mask and flouted social distancing norms,” DIG Central Zone Satyabrata Bhoi said.
The incident happened on July 2.
“The case has been registered at Gopalpur PS under section 188/269/270 IPC, R/W Sec- 3 Epidemic Disease Act, and 34 IPC. Two vehicles used in the procession have also been seized. the arrested persons will be produced in the court,”
On charge of violation of COVID-19 rules for marriage in Berhampur, Rs 50,000 fine was collected and FIR filed against both the parties,” Ganjam Collector V A Kulange said.
“Our joy should not ruin others’ lives,” he said.
The groom’s father and his brother have been held, SP (Berhampur) Pinak Mishra said.
The incident came to the fore after a video surfaced, in which guests were seen without masks and dancing close to each other at the marriage procession, and many holding hands.
According to the state government’s COVID-19 guidelines, a maximum of 50 people can participate in a marriage function, while strictly adhering to social distancing norms and wearing masks
Sources said a well-known hotelier in the town had obtained permission from the authorities for his son’s marriage at a hotel at Gopalpur-on-Sea on July 2.
The hotel has reportedly been sealed for seven days, they said.
As part of containment measures, the Ganjam district administration has also prohibited the movement of people from rural areas to towns.
The district has reported 2,066 COVID-19 cases so far, and it also tops the list of fatalities with 20 people succumbing to the disease. Odisha’s coronavirus death toll stands at 34.