This post is about the Difference between Lockdown and Curfew and Section 144. Many people find confusion in all these three terms because they have a link with social restrictions. Sometimes we hear that a specific area is under lockdown due to several reasons and similarly, sometimes we also hear that this specific area is under curfew or Section 144 is enforced in that area. But what does that mean? So, here we will share about what does Lockdown, Curfew, and Section 144 means and how it affects our social life. So, get a brief introduction about all these terms and check the important differences among them.
During a lockdown, the public is restricted to stay at their houses and don’t go outside without any serious need. In the lockdown, the public is allowed to go outside if they need medical assistance, buy groceries, or having some other important work. If someone not follows the lockdown, the forces can’t arrest him but they have the right to warn that person and if he still does not act upon it, then the forces can arrest him.
The recent lockdown in several places because of COVID-19 pandemics is the best example of lockdown. In Pakistan, the government used to implement a smart lockdown at several places but in India, it was strict.
In Curfew, a specific area is covered by the forces and no one is allowed to go outside. During the curfew, the businesses close, departments near the curfew area are closed and only essential services are allowed. The enforcement of Curfew is decided by the local or state governments. There are different types of curfews. In some situations, it is very strict where the one who is not following it is arrested.
It is a Criminal Procedure Code in which, the Executive Magistrate of the state orders to prohibit the gathering of 4 or more people in an area. If someone tries to do so, he faces punishment for it. The government normally uses Section 144 to restrict the public from any protest. Moreover, when any area is facing any pandemics, it can be used. But in Section 144, schools, shops, and businesses do not close.
Difference between Lockdown and Curfew and Section 144
|The public is restricted from going outside of their houses.||The public is not allowed to go outside of their houses.||4 or more people gathering is prohibited.|
|Going for medical checkups, buying groceries, and other food accessories are allowed.||An only medical checkup is allowed in serious condition.||Schools, shops, and local businesses remain open.|
|No one is allowed to disobey laws.||That person disobeying curfew is arrested.||Disobeying section 144 results in criminal charges.|
|Forces can’t arrest a person who is unfollowing the lockdown. But they can warn him and arrest him if he crosses the limits.||If someone is unfollowing curfew without any serious issue, then the forces can arrest that person.||The one unfollowing Section 144 faces criminal charges.|
|In the COVID-19 pandemics, the public needed to use masks and gloves when going outside.||During the pandemics of COVID-19, a Curfew was enforced in some areas and no one was allowed to go outside.||It was enforced in COVID-19 pandemics to take control of this disease.|