Manipur Muslim body urges not to relax lockdown on Eid

Correspondent IMPHAL, May 17 | Publish Date: 5/17/2020 9:15:07 AM IST
A Muslim-based body in Manipur on Sunday urged the state government not to relax the COVID-19 lockdown and public curfew and to enforce it on Eid ul-Fitr day which falls on May 23 or 24. 
Manipuri Muslim Online Forum (MMOF) feared that the state government may consider relaxing the lockdown on the day and drew the attention of the state chief minister not to consider the same in the backdrop of rising COVID-19 positive cases in the state. 
The entire state is currently under indefinite curfew since March 24 last and during the nationwide lockdown 3.0, the state government made some relaxations during the day time, from 6 am till 2pm everyday for people buy their daily needs while allowing shops to open except on Sundays.
On the other hand, with the entry of citizens from the state stranded at various parts of the country, the number of COVID-19 positive increased as some returnees tested positive on arrival. 
So far, Manipur has reported seven COVID-19 cases including five who recently returned from Chennai, Mumbai and Kolkata. The fresh positive cases were reported after two earlier cases recovered from the disease.
“……we request the Manipur government to impose public curfew for at least the two-three days (May 23 and 24)” in order to contain the COVID-19 outbreak, a press statement of the MMOF stated.
MMOF was agonised with the increasing number of positive cases since the start of arrival of state people stranded outside the state due to the lockdown via train and private vehicles, it added. 
Endorsing state chief minister’s slogan “Let people live first, celebrations and others can take place later”, the MMOF said that Eid-ul-Fitr this year is going to be celebrated in self-isolation, which seems to go against the spirit of Eid. 
Around the world, Eid is a holiday celebrated with the community, from praying together in the Masjid or Idgah to visiting our extended family to giving Zakat al-Fitr to the needy. 
It added that though one cannot leave the house, one can dress up, decorate the house and plan fun activities for the kids.
“If the past few weeks have taught us anything, it’s that we don’t need as much as we think we do and it’s possible to have a fun and meaningful time at home with limited resources and create beautiful memories,” the MMOF said. 
“One can still uphold the community spirit of Eid in self-isolation,” it asserted.

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