Don’t be a ‘Covidiot’: Police may book you under these sections during lockdown

Hyderabad: The Urban Dictionary has coined a new term for people who disobey health authorities and officials amidst the COVID-19 outbreak, that is “Covidiot”. Citizens who ignore public health guidelines and curfew rules and continue to venture out in public can be called ‘Covidiots’.

Meanwhile, the police have also taken it upon themselves to disseminate information as to how citizens can be booked in cases of violation of curfew. Such ‘Covidiots’ can be booked under mainly four sections of the Indian Penal Code. Here are the sections:

1. Section 188 IPC: Violation of order promulgated by the government. This is a cognizable and bailable offence.

2. Section 269 IPC: Negligently doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life. Liable to Imprisonment for 6 months or fine, or both. This is a cognizable and bailable offence.

3. Section 270 IPC: Malignantly doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life. Liable to Imprisonment for 2 years, or fine, or both. This is a cognizable and bailable offence.

4. Section 271 IPC: Knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule. Liable to Imprisonment for 6 months, or fine, or both. This is a Non-cognizable offence.

Amritha Mohan

Amritha Mohan is a reporter at the NewsMeter. Shortly after completing her Master's in Communication at the University of Hyderabad, she began teaching courses on media and culture as a guest lecturer at the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication, North-Eastern Hill University (NEHU), Shillong. Amritha has previously interned with news organisations such as Greater Kashmir and Newslaundry. A lover of travel and photography, she spends most of her time planning road trips to the North-East. Nothing makes her happier than a green turf and a team to play football with. She primarily reports on education, tech, human-interesting and critical features.

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