It was issued after multiple instances of people getting thrashed during these celebrations were reported. Lawyer Apar Gupta posted a copy of the order on Twitter.
The Surat Police has now banned smearing of cakes in public under Section 144 of the CRPC.— Apar Gupta (@apargupta84) May 15, 2019
This comes after the use of the same provision to ban PUBG game and the arrest of young college going students.
Can someone translate the order to English? pic.twitter.com/llDQTeW4W9
Another user provided a translation of the order.
To summarize, it's an order against public nuisance which can harm those involved. Detailed summary in pic.— Harshal Modi (@grondmaster) May 15, 2019
Cake smearing is a tiny part. Bulk is against public celebration and usage of chemicals, tape & foam directly applied to the face. pic.twitter.com/sKOe1C38Nu
Aren't there existing laws to tackle violence? How come Surat police is acting like a law maker?— ishan aranjikal (@ishotu) May 15, 2019
Under Section 144 of the CrPC, the police can arrest any person found violating the smearing ban. According to the order, it has been implemented to stop people from damaging public property or harming others during birthday celebrations.
The notification is valid till 12 July, and bans 'violent late-night birthday parties in public places, especially roadsides, involving college goers or high school students'.