As COVID-19, positive cases witness a sudden spike in J&K including that of several states of the country, the UT administration has oddly decided to impose restrictions on the movement of people during night hours, apparently to arrest the spread of infection.
However, the decision-makers—as it seems—have forgotten to consider the very apparent fact that in J&K, particularly, in Kashmir, there isn’t anything called nightlife prevalent anywhere.
Night curfew might be effective in arresting the spread of infection in places like Delhi, Mumbai and other metropolitan cities, but in J&K, the step doesn’t appear to have been taken after due consideration.
The move might look good on paper, but on the ground, it is more than futile because life in Kashmir comes to a grinding halt just after eight in the evening.
Focusing on the rising cases, elsewhere as well as in J&K, there is instead a need for taking due to preventive measures to spread the arrest.
Instead of imposing a futile night curfew, the Govt should focus on ensuring that there are no large gatherings taking place anywhere; instead, testing, vaccination and other necessary measures need to be ramped up to ensure readiness to deal with any kind of situation.
There is a need for the administration to have a relook on the decision of imposing night curbs in J&K as a measure to contain the spread of infection. The energies need to be utilized in putting in place a well-managed and effective healthcare system that would eventually pave a way for the effective handling of the crises as the country steps into the ‘third wave.