Video Showing Cop Choosing Duty Over Son’s Pleas Goes Viral
A video put out on Twitter by the Maharashtra Police shows a policeman's son pleading with him not to leave house for work amid the coronavirus scare, and it’s winning hearts all over social media.
The state police has been using its Twitter handle (@DGPMaharashtra) to spread awareness about precautions needed to keep the virus at bay and to seek people's cooperation in implementing lockdown. Maharashtra has reported the highest number of COVID-19 cases in the country – 125 – as of Thursday, 26 March.
‘Inspires Society At Large’
The video showed a policeman putting on his uniform to go to work, and his son, about two years old, crying and asking him not to leave house because of the pandemic. But the policeman is heard telling the child that he has to go because his boss has called him for duty.
While reports about high-handedness of the police in enforcing restrictions on movement on roads are coming from some parts of the country, this video went viral immediately, receiving over 13,000 views and 2,600 likes.
The Maharashtra police uploaded the video with the message, "In the challenging time of coronavirus pandemic, our officers give preference to their duty over their families. This sense of duty inspires not only people working in emergency services, but also the society at large."
Online Awareness, Essential Passes: Cops Do Their Part
The state cops are also putting out clever one-liners to encourage social distancing. "Not all long distance relationships are difficult. Some are just safe," said one tweet.
The Mumbai police has started issuing passes to those who work in the sectors which provide essential services.
"Essential pass, for essential services. Requesting all shops providing essential services & commodities, to reach out to their local police station for these passes, to ensure hassle-free commute & sale," said its Twitter handle @MumbaiPolice.
(With inputs from PTI.)
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