Mosques are violating coronavirus SOPs for Taraweeh

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Following implementation of 20-point SOPs regarding the preventive measures that are taken against the spread of Covid-19, a report on 250 mosques and imambargahs in the Rawalpindi has found flaws in majority of the such places, security deficiencies have also been witnessed.

However, the government allowed congregational prayers in mosques during Ramazan, following the guidelines as a part of precautionary measures against, but an audit team found many of such rules, including security measures, being violated during Taraweeh prayers at many places.

At the same time, the Rawalpindi district police also served 460 notices on the administrations of the mosques against the violation of the 20-point guidelines.

Mostly, the complaints were regarding the people aged over 50 years and children.

Those 250 mosques/imambargahs – 61 in Rawalpindi, 18 in Attock, 42 in Jhelum, and 129 in Chakwal – are declared sensitive due to  their vulnerability and categorized as A, B and C.

In six of these mosques, carpets or mats were observed and found floor for prayers dirty; the most serious violation – people over 50 years of age and children were present during Taraweeh prayers – observed across 52 mosques, 26 are located in Rawalpindi.

There are 17 mosques (14 in Rawalpindi) without a veranda/lawn or adequate space where Taraweeh were offered, and in 14 mosques/imambargahs, the lighting arrangements were found compromising.

In 79 mosques/imambargahs (54 in Rawalpindi), there were no private security guards deployed while in 34 mosques, 20 in the Rawalpindi, police guards found not alert while checking or not present; even body search was not carried out in 52 mosques/imambargahs.

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