The Corona Virus is changing the way people live in India, and around the world. Governments across the country are limiting marriage gatherings to about 50 people in most cases and funeral gatherings to about 20 people. Condolence meetings during the Corona Virus lock down have also taken a completely different form given the severe restriction that law enforcement agencies have now imposed across the country. Here is a video from Delhi, which shows a condolence meeting being held through a car rally. CarToq expresses sincere condolences.
Condolence prayer meeting in Delhi… Could the world ever foresee this? 😳😘💖
Rajiv Tyagi ಅವರಿಂದ ಈ ದಿನದಂದು ಪೋಸ್ಟ್ ಮಾಡಲಾಗಿದೆ ಶನಿವಾರ, ಮೇ 9, 2020
The incident is said to have happened in West Delhi, where a group of people are condoling the death of a near and dear one without actually visiting the dead person’s house. Those grieving are seen in a slew of cars, from Mercedes Benzes to a Mahindra XUV500 and even a Maruti Baleno. The way in which they’re paying their last respect to the dead person is quite unique.
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One woman uses the sunroof of a Mercedes Benz to good effect, holding a placard and expressing her grief to the immediate family of the dead, who’re standing at the entrance of their house. For once, we are not questioning people popping out of sunroofs in a moving car. Others are holding placards out of car windows while some are communicating with the family of the dead with folded hands. It’s clear than adequate distance is being maintained during this whole process.
However, most people in their cars aren’t wearing masks. In their defense, cars being very personal and enclosed space, may not need people to wear masks, especially if the car in question is used only by family members, who’d anyway be in close proximity in their homes. Do note that the corona virus may stay suspended in aerosols. Wearing a mask is always a good idea when you’re outdoors.
In the coming weeks and months, expect more such car rallies to happen in order to grieve the dead. What is unclear is whether the law enforcement agencies were informed of such a unofficial rally meant to condole a dead person. Even if permission wasn’t sought, it’s unlikely that cops would have an issue with this form of grieving given the difficult situation. As long as people maintain adequate social distancing and as long as such rallies do not cause traffic snarls, law enforcement agencies are not likely to object. However, it’s always a good practice to seek permission from the local police station just to be on the safer side.
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