NO GUNS AT WEDDINGS: INDIAN PARLIAMENT MADE “CELEBRATORY” GUNFIRE AS PUNISHABLE OFFENCE
Celebratory gunfire occurs when someone discharges a fire arm during a celebration. It developed as a culture in the parts of the Middle East, Pakistan , India , Ethiopia , United States and at some other countries of the globe. The purpose of what is called “celebratory gunfire” is to make loud noise to mark a joyous occasion which is necessarily a tradition.
Common occasions for celebratory gunfire include festive occasions such as New year party, Marriages, religious occasions and different functions etc. The practice sometimes results in random death and injury from stray bullets. Property damage is another result of celebratory gunfire; shattered windows and damaged roofs are often found after such celebration. Bullets often lodge in roofs, causing minor damage that requires repair in most cases. Normally, the bullet will penetrate the roof surface through to the roof deck, leaving a hole where water may run into.
There are myths out everywhere that bullets shot into the air go into outer space that they are not hazardous. Neither of these beliefs is true. While only a small percentage of bullets shot in the air will actually hit a person with a velocity it travels might cause serious damage or death of a person
There were many incidents which resulted in deadly injuries or recorded as detrimental. A few are cited here:
A 26-year-old man died after he sustained bullet injury allegedly during celebratory firing at a bachelors’ party in Ghaziabad, according to the police report,a man named Suraj Rai was employed as an accountant with a company in Delhi and he had sustained gunshot injury in his stomach.The incident took place in the Lajpat Nagar colony of Sahibabad police station area. They said the firing was done by a licensee pistol.
Another incident was reported where A leader of the Apna Dal (Sonelal) has been arrested after an old video purportedly showing him firing with a gun during a function surfaced on soy cial media. Superintendent of Police Akash Tomar said that the video was noticed on the net and the man involved was identified as Praba Shankar Shukla, who was stated to be a leader of the Apna Dal (S). An FIR was registered against him and he was arrested. there are many incidents which take place across the country or across the world but least of them were bothered about those.
There are many habits at an Indian wedding, some of which are exciting and some of which needed intervention to be banned right away.
Home Minister Amith Shah referring the Arms ( Amended )bill,2019 ensured that those who cause threat to human life or endanger it by a rash or negligent manner by using guns in the celebratory occasions shall be punished. The bill has been passed in the Lok Sabha and defines celebratory firing as “use of firearms in public gatherings, religious places, marriages or other functions to fire ammunition.” An offender of the same shall be imprisoned upto two years, fine of ₹1 lakh or both is made liable.
As the bill was being passed in the Lok Sabha On December 9, a woman was killed in Muzaffarnagar as a man fired shots in celebration. The woman, who had been hired to help the bride through the wedding, was shot in the head.
Meanwhile, many advocates hope education and public outcry can help this potentially deadly tradition cease by the next celebration.It is said that if anyone, who wants to make noise for different celebrative occassions shall consider the countless other safe and legal possible methods such as banging things which would create a noise which, would not be harmful and which is legally permitted.