Woman booked for wedding violations in Mangaluru | Mangaluru News – Times of India

MANGALURU: Police in Mangaluru city booked a woman under sections of the Karnataka Epidemic Diseases Act, 2020, for violating lockdown guidelines while hosting the wedding mehndi ceremony of her niece at her house in Pavoor.
The incident took place on May 19 and came to light after a video of youths dancing at the ceremony without maintaining social distance or wearing masks was widely shared on social media. Based on the video, Pavoor panchayat PDO Sudha Rani filed a complaint at the Konaje police station.
Konaje police said Shobha and her relatives decided to organise the wedding ceremony of her niece Kaushala. The bride is a resident of Padil-Maroli and had lost her father. The mehndi event was organised at Shobha’s home with only 25 guests.
Shobha had obtained prior permission from district authorities to conduct the wedding and accordingly, the wedding was held on May 20. However, a day before the wedding, the mehndi ceremony was held violating Covid-19 SOPs. If found guilty, the accused may have to pay a fine ranging from Rs 50,000 to Rs 5 lakh or undergo seven years of imprisonment, police said.
On May 9, a similar violation was reported near Adyar. A wedding ceremony was held in the presence of more than 25 guests, none of whom followed Covid-appropriate behaviour. Videos of youth dancing to the tunes of popular songs had gone viral.

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