A couple in Madhya Pradesh were married in PPE suits on Monday after the groom tested positive for Covid. A video shows the bride, groom and three others in full protective suits at the wedding ceremony held in Ratlam. Chants for pheras can be heard in the background as the couple goes around the fire.
"The groom tested positive on April 19. We came here to stop the wedding but on the request and guidance of senior officials, the wedding was solemnized. The couple was made to wear PPE kits so that the infection doesn't spread,'' Navin Garg, a district official, was quoted by ANI as saying.
Gatherings for social and religious purposes have been restricted in Madhya Pradesh and in several states across India, to slow the spread of Covid. The state has limited the number of people at weddings to 50.
On Monday, a top police official of Bhind in Madhya Pradesh came up with a novel idea to get people to follow Covid guidelines for weddings. The bride and the groom at weddings that manage 10 or less guests will be treated to a dinner, Superintendent of Police Manoj Kumar Singh told news agency Press Trust of India.
"I am going to treat the bride and the groom if they get married in the presence of 10 or less guests to delicious dinner at my home," the senior officer said. The couples will also be given mementos and a government vehicle will pick them up and drop them home.
In a bid to flatten the curve and spiralling Covid cases, the central government has put out guidelines for states on enforcing lockdowns and containment zones.
According to the rules, restrictions must be put when the positivity rate is 10 per cent or more for a week and when more than 60 per cent hospital beds are occupied. States have also been urged to go for an intensive, local and focused containment network in districts.