Punjab and Haryana HC is still a safe haven for runaway couples. Around 20-25 runaway couples from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh are approaching the high court daily, apprehending threat to their lives from their family and relatives for choosing their life partners. Around 20-25 cases being filed daily in HC is a significant number at a time when the hearing of cases is highly restrictive and only around 100 cases are being heard every day via video conferencing.
In normal times, the Punjab and Haryana High Court would daily hear at least 20-30 cases of couples from Punjab, Haryana and Chandigarh seeking police protection, mostly after defying the caste barriers put up by families. Most of them would then end up in protection homes. But with the nation under a strict lockdown to curb the spread of corona virus, many such couples are finding it difficult to either find places to stay put safely or knock the court’s doors for justice.
But the high court, despite minimal functioning, has been able to step in for a few. On Tuesday, HC dismissed a Sirsa woman’s petition seeking custody of her 17-year-old daughter, who has remained lodged at a childcare home in Sirsa since she ran away and married against the wishes of her family. Her mother argued before court that the girl would be safer at her parental home during the existing circumstances.
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The court spoke to the teenager through Whats App and she declined to return to her parental home. She also expressed her willingness to go to the matrimonial home. She had married a youth in 2018 and approached the High Court seeking protection.
COVID 19 RULES:
India has over 16,000 confirmed cases of the novel corona virus to date. This figure includes 2,301 recoveries and 519 deaths along with one migration. As of April 19, Maharashtra has the most number of confirmed cases among other Indian states followed by Delhi, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh. Maharashtra has also reported the most number of casualties owing to the infection, followed by Madhya Pradesh.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi declared a 21-day nationwide lockdown starting March 25, 2020, to contain further spread of Covid-19. The initial lockdown was scheduled to end on April 14. However, the Centre and state governments decided to extend the lockdown in order to ensure that the curve of the spread of infection does not overwhelm the healthcare system.
In his address on April 14, the prime minister said that the lockdown will be partially relaxed in some districts from April 20 while the nationwide lockdown will continue to be in effect till May 3. State governments are now classifying districts based on the spread of infection to either allow or deny the relaxation of restrictions. Here are the orders issued by respective state governments in this regard.
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“The quarantine period for returnees to the State will be limited to 14 days. This will be implemented by local authorities — District Collectors,” said an order issued by the Chief Secretary on Sunday.
The order says returnees in rural areas will undergo seven days of mandatory institutional quarantine; thereafter, asymptomatic returnees will be discharged to undergo home quarantine for a further period of seven days.
You can reduce your chances of being infected or spreading COVID-19 by taking some simple precautions:
Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. Why? Washing your hands with soap and water or using alcohol-based hand rub kills viruses that may be on your hands.
Maintain at least 1 metre (3 feet) distance between yourself and others. Why? When someone coughs, sneezes, or speaks they spray small liquid droplets from their nose or mouth which may contain virus. If you are too close, you can breathe in the droplets, including the COVID-19 virus if the person has the disease.
Avoid touching eyes, nose and mouth. Why? Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
Make sure you, and the people around you, follow good respiratory hygiene. This means covering your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately and wash your hands. Why? Droplets spread virus. By following good respiratory hygiene, you protect the people around you from viruses such as cold, flu and COVID-19.
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Stay home and self-isolate even with minor symptoms such as cough, headache, mild fever, until you recover. Have someone bring you supplies. If you need to leave your house, wear a mask to avoid infecting others. Why? Avoiding contact with others will protect them from possible COVID-19 and other viruses.
If you have a fever, cough and difficulty breathing, seek medical attention, but call by telephone in advance if possible and follow the directions of your local health authority. Why? National and local authorities will have the most up to date information on the situation in your area. Calling in advance will allow your health care provider to quickly direct you to the right health facility. This will also protect you and help prevent spread of viruses and other infections.
For case specific advice, please contact Love Marriage Protection Punjab Haryana High Court Best/Expert Lawyers Advocates in Chandigarh Panchkula Mohali.
This post is written Vishishta Mishra
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