Even as Covid-19 cases continue to rise in India, a group of devotees in Gujarat defied social distancing and Covid protocols to offers prayers.
Gujarat: Despite COVID restrictions, women in large numbers gathered at Navapura village in Sanand, Ahmedabad district to offer prayers at the Baliyadev temple, yesterday— ANI (@ANI) May 5, 2021
Action taken against 23 people including the Sarpanch of the village, says KT Kamaria, DySP, Ahmedabad Rural pic.twitter.com/5h6jiQN1Yx
As per reports, women gathered at Navapura village in Sanand, Ahmedabad district to offer prayers at the Baliyadev temple. Reportedly, the devotees carried out the procession believing that they would be rid of any harm, including Covid, by pouring sacred water from Kalash on their community God Baliyadev.
Considering how the healthcare system is literally crumbling under the surge in cases, netizens were left distressed after these images surfaced online:
What the fuck is this !!— An Alter Ego (@BeingAravinth) May 5, 2021
Look at the Gujarat model https://t.co/pylNh3PXdg
This is just so so wrong.— Pratyasha Rath (@pratyasharath) May 5, 2021
Hope the DC and local leaders are pulled up for this. https://t.co/j5q0Z24FNe
Last year, Indian media vultures left no stone unturned to demonise the Tabligh jamaat, perpetrate anti-Muslim bigotry even as the Health min. denied any 'health emergency'. Calls were made to ban the TJ, arrests were made, widespread, fake news Muslims were asked to apologise. https://t.co/d5285zcM9Y— Sidrah (@SidrahDP) May 5, 2021
But for that you have to first accept that we have a problem. We are still keen on whitewashing information to protect our image. Busy holding communication workshops for image building.— Raj Nayak (@rajcheerfull) May 5, 2021
These will never learn. If not Covid, then religion will give them one way ticket to hell. Now @vijayrupanibjp will justify how continuing rituals is important for safeguarding religion.#COVIDIOTS #Gujarat— Ajay KAPPS (@ajkapps) May 5, 2021
If only these #COVIDIOTS could be arrested and charged for endangering the life of others during a pandemic 😷 - Who allowed this religious gathering to happen in #Sanand ??— Ruchi Angrish (She/Her) (@RuchiAngrish) May 5, 2021
What kind of #Lockdown is in place in Gujarat if mass gathering is happening??? #COVIDEmergencyIndia https://t.co/BpT9Ayq4Xs
Hundreds of devotees take part in a religious festival in Sanand Ahmedabad, Gujarat.— Asim Khan (@AsimKhanTweets) May 5, 2021
Meanwhile Gujarat government has already imposed a Mini Lockdown till May 12.
PS: Ham nahi sudregai #COVIDIOTS pic.twitter.com/XMFpsjqqOm
The police have taken action against 23 people, including the Sarpanch of the village.