Singer Kanika Kapoor& |  Photo Credit: ANI
- The singer returned from London to Lucknow on 15 March, solely to, allegedly, organise and throw a celebration at her Gallant residence residence the exact same day
- Despite Kapoor’s father admitting that her daughter, over a sequence of events and occasions, could have come into contact with roughly 400 individuals, Kapoor sought to disclaim the claims
- At such occasions of disaster, we might all do nicely to consistently remind ourselves of the efforts of India’s courageous healthcare staff on the frontline treating swarms of sufferers, with essentially the most restricted of sources
It has been three days since Prime Minister Narendra Modi took the unprecedented choice to implement a lockdown throughout the nation, to cease the unfold of the novel coronavirus, and flatten the curve. Since India’s first reported case on 30 January, the federal government and well being authorities have moved swiftly, taking measures to institute worldwide and home journey restrictions, situation advisories on finest practices, encourage social distancing, and impose quarantines. The public response to the measures has, largely, been constructive, save for some pockets of people who, for a lack of awareness or in any other case, have thought to flout them, risking not simply their very own well being and nicely being, however that of numerous others as nicely.
The Kanika Kapoor controversy
‘Baby Doll’ singer, Kanika Kapoor is a living proof. While individuals throughout the nation had been revising their journey plans, cancelling long-scheduled journeys, and self-quarantining with their households, Kapoor, it seems, did not get the identical memo. The singer returned from London to Lucknow on 15 March, solely to, allegedly, organise and throw a celebration at her Gallant residence residence the exact same day.
The visitor listing included a number of senior authorities officers and political leaders together with former Rajasthan Chief Minister Vasundhara Raje, and her son, Dushyant Singh, an MP from the Jhalawar-Baran constitutency of Rajasthan. Kapoor additionally, reportedly, attended two different events together with one at a five-star Lucknow lodge.
On March 20, Kapoor examined constructive for COVID-19 and was admitted to King George’s Medical University in Lucknow. Shortly after, Raje confirmed through Twitter that she and her son had attended a cocktail party at which Kanika Kapoor was additionally current. Raje additionally introduced her intention to enter self-quarantine alongside along with her son.
However, in between the ceremonial dinner and Raje’s choice, Dushyant had been concerned in Parliamentary conferences and Lok Sabha proceedings, doubtlessly endangering the lives of quite a few political leaders together with President Ram Nath Kovind, Defense Minister Rajnath Singh, General VK Singh, Hema Malini, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore and a number of other others.
Despite Kapoor’s father admitting that her daughter, over a sequence of events and occasions, could have come into contact with roughly 400 individuals, Kapoor sought to disclaim the claims, insisting that she solely uncovered herself to 30 individuals at a single get-together. The singer, who’s at present believed to be on the Sanjay Gandhi PG Institute of Medical Sciences, has since examined constructive on two extra ocassions, with medical doctors refusing to discharge her till no less than two consecutive exams verify her restoration.
Lucknow police have since booked her for negligence, disobedience, and for finishing up malignant acts more likely to unfold an infection, with the primary FIR filed based mostly on the grievance of Lucknow’s chief medical officer.
Kapoor, who had tweeted on Instagram that she had contracted the virus, bizarrely additionally thought it an applicable second to situation her personal advisory encouraging others to take precautions and take heed to the recommendation of well being and authorities authorities. On March 26, having confronted a wave of backlash for her irresponsible behaviour, Kapoor deleted the post, however has, until date, kept away from issuing any sort of apology. In reality, in a wierd improvement, Professor RK Dhiman, Director on the Sanjay Gandhi PGIMS, steered, as an alternative, that the star was throwing ‘tantrums’ on the hospital, urging her to cooperate with medical employees.
A collective accountability
Kapoor’s case serves as a lesson that very often, practising what one preaches is loads more durable than we care to confess to ourselves. Her flagrant disregard for the security of others at a second when hundreds of thousands of lives could also be in danger, goes to indicate that regardless of the sustained efforts of central and state authorities, the message would possibly nonetheless not have hit dwelling for some individuals. India is going through a novel problem in that, in contrast to different international locations, it must cope with a 1.three billion robust inhabitants. As such, a spike within the an infection price might have catastrophic penalties.
The World Health Organisation, having counseled the efforts of the federal government, has acknowledged that India’s response to the outbreak could have international penalties. Kapoor, after all, shouldn’t be alone in practising this sort of behaviour although. The case of an IAS officer in Kerala being suspended for defying quarantine, attemping to flee to Kanpur, is one other that exposes a large disconnect between even essentially the most educated individuals and the bottom realities of the state of affairs.
At such occasions of disaster, we might all do nicely to consistently remind ourselves of the efforts of India’s courageous healthcare staff on the frontline treating swarms of sufferers, with essentially the most restricted of sources. As they put their lives in danger to guard our well being and security, it isn’t a mighty ask for each Indian citizen to take some modicum of accountability of their very own, and particularly these which are blessed with greater than most. Kapoor’s case was not the primary, and can absolutely not be the final, however until we, collectively, start to be taught the teachings of such circumstances, we must always anticipate to be in for a really bumpy journey.