Muharram banned in UP, clerics object to use of word ‘festival’ in police letter

The clerics in Uttar Pradesh have objected to a circular released by the state to ban Muharram in view of the Covid-19 pandemic. The clerics have expressed dismayal over the use of the word ‘festival’ used to describe the event.

On Sunday, the UP Police released a new set of instructions, banning all kinds of religious processions during Muharram. The 10-day event is set to begin on August 10.

Director General of Police (DGP) Mukul Goel has ordered that Muharram should be observed in the state in accordance with Covid-appropriate behaviour and keeping in mind that restrictions are implemented to tackle the pandemic.

During the 10 days event, procession called tazia, will not be allowed to be taken out from August 10 to 19. Goel has also directed that even the clerics should get involved to ensure appropriate Covid guidelines are followed.

Additional police force will also be deployed in sensitive areas, the police chief added.

In his letter, the DGP said that all police officers must be briefed one day before Muharram begins. There will be strict monitoring of social media content on social media, he said, directing the police officials to block such type of content.

Meanwhile, the clerics have objected to the use of the word ‘festival’ for Muharram in police chief letter, as it is a mourning period for the Muslims over the demise of Prophet Muhammad’s grandson Imam Hussain or Hussain Ibn Ali in the battle of Karbala.

Demanding the withdrawal of guidelines, All India Shia Personal Law Board has called for a meeting on Monday to discuss the issue.

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