Public places must not be resting areas

WORKERS, as we have noticed so often, tend to rest or sleep in public places, parks and mosques at high noon.

By (Monitor)

Published: Mon 28 Aug 2006, 10:06 AM

Last updated: Sat 4 Apr 2015, 6:18 PM

While we do empathise with these labourers and workers and are also aware that more often than not they may have no viable alternative, we do strongly feel that it is the responsibility of their employers to ensure that they have a proper place to rest.

There is, after all, also a certain violation of sanctity involved when hordes of people seek to take their siesta in places like a mosque. And this should definitely be discouraged.

The government agencies concerned and also the municipal authorities should see to it that public space is not encroached upon so easily for such purposes.

There may also, arguably, be some risk of endangering public health inbuilt in this situation. This is a problem and even apart from aesthetics and other concerns, it needs to be resolved amicably. And at the earliest.

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