A couple of days back, an orchestra dancer was shot dead in Bathinda during a celebratory firing in a marriage ceremony. The dangerous practice of celebratory firing during marriages are quite common in the states of Punjab, Haryana and Uttar Pradesh, where people carry firearms and fire in the air during the ceremony. In past also this has claimed many lives. Now, Haryana government has banned carrying of arms at wedding functions with immediate effect. Any kind of celebratory firings at weddings or social function in Haryana will be an offence.
The additional chief secretary (Home) Mr. Ram Niwas said, “It has been noticed that some people often indulge in celebratory firing during weddings after consuming alcohol. Taking serious note of such incidents, the Police Department has been directed to put a check on carrying of arms at wedding functions, in coordination with the district magistrate concerned“.
Last month in Karnal (Haryana), there was a very tragic accident which lead to the death of a woman who happened to be the aunt of groom due to celebratory firing. Besides death of the woman, three persons including an 11-year-old girl were also seriously injured in the accident. This is just one of the many such incidents which keep on coming in the news from the states of Haryana, Punjab and Uttar Pradesh where this dangerous practice is still prevalent. This is an excellent decision by Haryana Government and will go a long way in providing a safe environment during events such as marriage and other social events.