COVID-19 |Lying about travel history an offence

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Gangtok, 24 March: With the growing number of students and others returning back to Sikkim due to the Coronavirus pandemic that has left countries scratching their heads for a proper response, reports of a man returning from outside the country and not revealing travel history at border post has raised questions on a citizen’s duty towards mitigating health crisis the world is facing.

In a global health emergency situation like the ongoing Coronavirus pandemic, individuals play a key role in containing the infection through self-quarantine, proper awareness and personal hygiene. 

Following government notifications and orders related to a health emergency is of utmost importance for citizens. In case of any violations, the local police can book individuals as under, for those who do not comply with the law / regulatory orders related to curbing COVID-19.

1) Section 188 IPC: Violation of order promulgated by Government which is Cognizable and Bailable.
2) Section 269 IPC: Negligently doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life. This entails imprisonment for 6 months or fine, or both. It is a Cognizable offence and Bailable
3) Section 270 IPC: Malignantly doing any act known to be likely to spread infection of any disease dangerous to life which will entail Imprisonment for 2 years, or fine, or both. This too is a cognizable offence which is Bailable
4) Section 271 IPC: Knowingly disobeying any quarantine rule will entail Imprisonment for 6 months, or fine, or both and it is a Non-cognizable offence.

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