As an imperative measure taken by the government to protect the nation from COVID-19 pandemic, a complete lockdown all over the country for 21days has been announced by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. The aforesaid steps have been taken so that the citizens stay at home as much as possible. By imposing such lockdown, movement of people and the outbreak of the virus could be controlled to quite an extent.

The situation is critical right now; people are panicking because of lack of correct information. Also, there is fake news getting circulated on several social media platforms. Digitalization has made it easy to access information but at the same time has made itself extremely prone to any kind of misuse. In a population like India, if fake news gets spread, it will add more problem for authorities to efficiently tackle the COVID-19.

Section 52 of the Act 2005 prescribes punishment for false claim. It states that any person who makes certain assertion knowingly to be false for procurement of any relief or assistance in respect to disaster from authorities will be punished for two year with fine. Similarly, section 54 of the said Act, prescribes punishment for those who spread false warning creating panic among the people at large, imprisonment for one year or the fine.

Circulation of such fake news has created several hardships for the authorities to combat the current situation. People trusting such news are not taking enough precautions or are being fooled to follow instructions which are proving to be nuisance.

Therefore, In light of the outbreak of Coronavirus, two sections of Disaster Management Act 2005 have become relevant in respect to the guidelines issued by the concerned authorities.

Section 52 of the Act 2005 prescribes punishment for false claim. It states that any person who makes certain assertion knowingly to be false for procurement of any relief or assistance in respect to disaster from authorities will be punished for two year with fine. Similarly, section 54 of the said Act, prescribes punishment for those who spread false warning creating panic among the people at large, imprisonment for one year or with the fine.

The citizens are requested to follow the all the above mentioned provisions as well as all governmental advisories and orders failing to which they would be charged with penalty as per the provisions of Disaster Management Act 2005.

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