It has become a common practice in India to spread rumours through social networking websites thereby creating nuisance among the general public in particular. Spreading rumours of any kind is a punishable offence as per section 505 of the Indian Penal Code. The residents of J&K UT are habitual of spreading rumours through facebook, watsapp, twitter and other social networking platforms. Last year since post abrogation of Article 370, the J&K Government had clamped down the internet services for around 7 months owing to the fake news and rumours circulated by some mischievous elements of J&K UT. Now when the whole India stands united and is fighting against the outbreak of the COVID-19 epidemic, the mischievous elements are busy in playing their mischief by spreading fake news and rumours of increasing Coronavirus cases in India. Same thing is happening in J&K UT as well and this is creating fear psychosis among the residents of J&K UT. < However, the idea of ‘Janta Curfew’ was really a novel initiative of our PM Modi and it has been widely accepted and acclaimed as witnessed throughout the length and breadth of our country on 22nd March, 2020. Now the Government’s recent decision of lockdown of various states will also go a long way in controlling and combating this deadly virus of COVID-19. It is noteworthy to mention here that the doctors, nurses and other health care workers are doing a very commendable and laudable job by wholeheartedly working day and night in the worst ever crisis of Coronavirus. The government needs to ensure that the rumours mongers should not escape and be dealt with strictly. All we can do is to develop good health hygiene and must adhere to the advisories of the government from time to time in combating this pandemic of Coronavirus.
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