Common people struggling to cope with strict Covid curbs


Rajesh K Krishnan

There have been repeated incidents of common people being beaten up by the police and also being fined for trivial things. Police are also raising threats that the ones who react will be charged with non-bailable offences.

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Thiruvananthapuram: The common people in the state are caught in an endless struggle because of the harsh steps by the government. There have been repeated incidents of common people being beaten up by the police and also being fined for trivial things. Police are also raising threats that the ones who react will be charged with non-bailable offences.

The state police chief issued an order directing to implement Covid curbs decently, it is not being enforced at all. The municipality workers who were sent to stop street vendors in the Attingal constituency in Thiruvananthapuram on Tuesday beat up a local fisher woman.

However, no action is taken against those who manhandle the public for minor issues. The State Human Rights Commission had informed the DGP to investigate and submit a report on the violation of human rights by the police during the pandemic time.

Covid Protocol rules and fines

  • Rs 5000 for holding mass-gatherings and celebrations in Covid areas.
  • Rs 2000 fine for quarantine violation.
  • Rs 500 for not wearing a mask in public places.
  • Rs 500 for spitting on public places, roads or footpaths.
  • Rs 3000 for gatherings without permit.
According to last year’s Kerala Epidemic Disease Ordinance, violation of Covid rules will be charged a fine up to Rs. 10,000 or two years in jail or both.

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