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Punjab & Haryana HC imposes Rs 10,000 costs on couple for not wearing masks during their wedding amid COVID-19 Lockdown

Justice Hari Pal Verma added that the money deposited will be utilised for the purpose of arranging masks for the public at large within the District of Hoshiarpur.

Debayan Roy

While hearing a plea of a Gurdaspur-based couple who had their marriage solemnized during the COVID-19 lockdown, a single judge bench of the Punjab and Haryana High Court today imposed Rs 10,000 as costs on the couple on finding that they did not wear masks during the wedding ceremony. (Renu Devi and anr. v. State of Punjab)

As stated in the order,

"At the time of marriage ceremony, the petitioners and other attending persons were not wearing the masks, which is otherwise necessary in view of COVID-19 pandemic. Accordingly, the petitioners are burdened with Rs.10,000/- as costs to be deposited with the Deputy Commissioner, Hoshiarpur within a period of 15 days from today."
Punjab and Haryana High Court

The couple had moved the Court seeking protection against certain private parties who did not approve of the marriage.

Pursuant to this, the couple had made a representation before the Senior Superintendent of Police on May 23 seeking protection for the life and liberty of the married couple. Later, they moved the High Court seeking for directions in this regard to the concerned authorities.

In turn, Justice Hari Pal Verma directed the police to take appropriate remedial measures in according to the representation made by the couple.

In an odd turn, however, the judge also found that the couple and attendees were not wearing masks during the conduct of the wedding amid the COVID-19 lockdown.

This was guaged from photographs of the marriage submitted to the Court to substantiate the validity of the marriage.

In response, the judge proceeded to impose Rs 10,000 as costs on the couple for the safety lapse.

Justice Verma added that the money deposited will be utilized for the purpose of arranging masks for the public at large within the District of Hoshiarpur.

Read the order:

Renu Devi and anr. v. State of Punjab.pdf
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