As I was reading the morning newspaper, one headline leapt out- SP ‘celebratory firing’ kills boy.

The twelve-year old boy, Danish,

died after being hit by a bullet during celebratory firing, allegedly by supporters of SP candidate from Sambhal, Iqbal Mahmood.

What a horrible way to ‘celebrate’ winning an election!

But this is not an exceptSpringfield_Armory_M1911A1ional case. People routinely indulge in celebratory firing- often to celebrate weddings.

And innocent people are routinely killed in the process!

On the 21st of January, this year, a 32-year-old man, Ranbir, was killed in firing at a cousin’s wedding.

 ‘Ranbir’s cousin, Sandeep, was getting married. When the marriage party reached near Burari, the groom’s family started celebratory firing in the midst of dancing and music. A bullet hit Ranbir on his forehead and he collapsed immediately.’

A few days later, on January 24, a 14-year-old boy, Vikas, in Bachheda Khurd village was killed in firing at an engagement ceremony.

The police said that-

 Vikash, a relative of the groom, was hit by a stray bullet, adding that both the groom and bride`s sides had fired several shots in the air. The victim died at the spot.

These should be joyous events. Cannot we celebrate them without causing grievous harm to others?

Would it really be such a tragedy if fire-crackers are included in the celebrations instead of bullets?

Are we so full of ourselves that we do not care if someone loses their life while we make merry?

Even when those who die are our own friends or relatives?

Perhaps the invitation cards to such engagement parties or weddings should carry an addition line at the end-

‘Attend at your own risk. A lottery will be held to decide who will be sacrificed at today’s celebrations’

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