Gujarat: Over 500 women gather to 'eradicate' virus; 23 arrested
Cocking a snook at COVID-19 norms, a large number of women turned up at a religious event organized in a village in Gujarat's Ahmedabad district to eradicate coronavirus, police said on Wednesday, adding 23 people, including the village head, have been arrested. A video of the incident which took place on Monday, earlier this week has been found by the police.
Around 500 women took part in the procession
The incident occurred in Navapura village in Sanand taluka on May 3. The video showed around 500 women carrying water pots on their heads while walking toward a temple. The video grab also shows some men taking these pots to the top of the temple and emptying them. After the video went viral on Wednesday, Ahmedabad rural police said appropriate action had been taken.
Police took immediate action and arrested 23 people
A police officer said villagers believed that coronavirus will just go away if water is poured on the Baliyadev temple. "A police team rushed to the spot on the same day and arrested 23 villagers, including Sarpanch Gafabhai Thakor, for organizing this event. Police also seized the music system from the spot," said Deputy Superintendent of Police, Sanand Division, KT Kamariya.
Gujarat has reported over 6.2 lakh COVID-19 cases
The accused have been booked for violating a police notification regarding public gatherings under Section 188 of the Indian Penal Code and the Disaster Management Act and the Epidemic Diseases Act. The Gujarat government has banned all kinds of public gatherings in the state. As of Tuesday, Gujarat's overall COVID-19 tally stood at 6,20,472 with 7,779 fatalities, the state health department had said.