Reliance trends - Not allowed to enter the show room
By Jawaid Ahsan on 12 Oct 20
I am an Assistant Professor of Biotechnology at the Central University of South Bihar (Govt. of India), Gaya, Bihar.
I work and reside in Gaya, Bihar. Yesterday evening I wanted to enter the local Reliance Trends outlet (located in APR Mall here) with my wife and 8 yrs old daughter, all three of us were wearing masks, I was wearing an N95 mask with a valve, the security guard at the door did not let me enter the shop, she showed me the notice pasted on the glass door, that is attached here with this email for your reference. The notice read 'The use of masks with valves are prohibited by Govt. Authority. Valves will let the virus droplets escape and infect others.' I asked the guard to call the manager, the manager told me that he has got this from the heads of Reliance Trends to paste it and is directed to not allow the people wearing masks with valves. I asked him which letter of the Government shows that its 'prohibited', he told me that he does not have any letter, he is just following what he has been asked to do.
Sir, I am literate person and a research myself, in the field of Biotechnology, work on viruses as well. And I am an aware citizen, I very well understand the difference between 'not recommended' and 'prohibited', I am asking you to please show me a letter from the Government which says that its 'prohibited' to wear such mask? Government can recommend something like this, they can tell us the disadvantages of these, they may appeal us not to wear this type of mask, but they can not 'prohibit' it, prohibition means it comes under certain law, and going against it is a crime or punishable, prohibition word is not the correct word to put here. And not allowing to enter a person just because of this is simply against the consumer ethics and its consumer harassment. And I also know that there are two types of valves, one way and two ways, the two way mask does not infect others, if you think you people are very smart then write all these things, but nevertheless you can not simply 'prohibit' it, show me a letter from the Government where its said its 'prohibited' !
This kind of behaviour is not good at all, and will not be accepted.
Thanks a lot.
Dr. Jawaid Ahsan
Senior Asisstant Professor and Researcher
Department of Biotechnology
Central University of South Bihar
E-mail: [email protected]