With pictures of Challans issued to people in J&K for not wearing masks going viral on social media one thing which comes to mind is that government cannot do anything until and unless masses start cooperating and showing faith in the policies of incumbent dispensation. With COVID-19 cases maintaining alarming rate in J&K, it has become imperative that people should not disobey the orders set in by the concerned authorities to stop the spread of coronavirus. Surprisingly, the condition of UT’s neighbouring state Punjab is also same as today taking a serious note of the highly irresponsible behaviour of people there, Chief Minister Amarinder Singh warned of serious consequences for the state, which is witnessing a spurt in COVID-19 positive cases over the past few days. Looking all this, the question which comes to mind is how people can take things so lightly when the perilous results are in front of all and the infection due to coronavirus is spreading like wildfire sparing none. Is it so difficult to adhere to norms that too when the ‘life’ of many is at risk. The common sense tells us that people should not have any difficulty in wearing masks, washing hands and not spitting at public places when these simple steps can help in combating COVID-19, which has wreaked havoc across the countries but surprisingly the case is very different and authorities concerned are finding it real hard to make most of the people understand the vitality of adhering to norms under such stressful conditions. Of course safety of fellow citizens is in the hands of citizens only and those refusing to comply with the safety norms are doing great disservice to society, which is unpardonable. After over four months of awareness drives about the disease it is expected that everyone in J&K knows well about pros and cons of his or her behaviour in COVID times and therefore it is unwarranted that someone indulges in such uncalled for activity of not adhering to safety norms. Well for those deliberately disobeying safety rules, there is age old popular adage, Laaton Ke Bhoot Baaton Se Nahi Maante’. Good luck to rule breakers, as cops with batons will soon approach you.
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