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You may be punished under the law if you do not follow the Section 144 orders. Specifically with respect to the health emergency we are facing today, some of the common sections of the law which may punish you are:
- 269 — Negligently spreading infection of a disease
188 — Disobedience of an order issued by a public servant
During this period if you engage in any riots or unlawful assemblies with more than 5 persons, then you may be punished under Sections 141–153 of the IPC. – The punishment under Section 143 for being a member of an unlawful assembly, is jail time upto six months, or with fine, or with both
The punishment for rioting under Section 147 is jail time upto two years, or with fine, or with both.
You may also be punished for: – Punishment for Obstruction
If any one obstructs any officer or employee of the Central Government or State Government or a person authorised by under the disaster management law (National Authority, State Authority or District Authority) in the discharge of its functions; or if anyone refuses to comply with any direction given by any of the above given authorities, including the National Executive Committee, or State Executive Committee or the District Authority then that person may be punished with jail time up to 1 year with fine or both. – Punishment for false warning
If any one who makes or circulates a false alarm or warning regarding a disaster or its severity or magnitude which causes panic, on conviction, will be punished with jail time up to 1 year or fine.