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Bombay HC permits Muharram Procession in Mumbai under strict norms

The decision was taken regarding the same petition was filed in the High Court on behalf of All India Idara-e-Tahafuz-e-Hussainiyat seeking permission to hold the Muharram procession

Bombay HC permits Muharram Procession in Mumbai under strict norms
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The occasion of Muharram is nearing and keeping the same in mind, the Bombay High Court, on Tuesday, August 17, 2021, granted permission to the petitioners to hold the Muharram procession. However, strict warnings have been given for the same and the organisers have been informed about the restrictions and guidelines to be followed during the processions.

As per reports, only those who have been administered with both the doses of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccine and have completed 14 days of the post-vaccination period will be allowed to join the procession. Clarifications have been made in this regards. However, the procession has been banned on the streets and crowding will not be allowed. A symbolic mourning procession is permitted only on seven trucks with 15 people are allowed on each truck. Furthermore, the procession is allowed only between Dongari and Mazgaon cemeteries in South Mumbai. 

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These can be carried out from 4 pm to 7 pm only and only 25 people will be allowed at the cemetery, at the end of the procession. The Bombay High Court issued an order for the same an has asked the local bodies to keep a thorough check to ensure no rules are violated. 

The Shia Muslim Association has planned the symbolic mourning procession on  Friday, August 20, 2021. The directive mentioned in the order clearly stated that that list with the details of all the participants must submit to the Deputy Commissioner of Police of that department by the afternoon, on Thursday, August 19, 2021.

The decision was taken regarding the same petition was filed in the High Court on behalf of All India Idara-e-Tahafuz-e-Hussainiyat seeking permission to hold the Muharram procession in South Mumbai. The petition sought permission to perform the rituals in the presence of a limited number of people. The same was filed keeping the unlock restrictions and the declining COVID-19 cases. However, permitting the same with limitations, the the High Court mentioned that every religion should celebrate the festivals this year, but by observing safety at all times.

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