Smearing cake on the face or giving birthday bumps could land one in trouble in Surat as police have imposed a ban on such "cruel and violent" birthday celebrations at public places, saying such acts not only disturb others, but also jeopardise people's lives.
A notification imposing a ban on such birthday celebrations at public places, such as gardens, roads, BRTS corridors and bridges, was issued by Surat Commissioner of Police, Satish Sharma, on May 14. It will remain in effect till July 12.
As per the notification, those found guilty of violating this order would face arrest under section 188 of the IPC for "disobeying an order duly promulgated by public servant".
The notification said that Surat police have taken the decision after receiving complaints from people.
Social media messages about such birthday celebrations also prompted the police to take the action, the notification said.
College and school students throng public places late at night to celebrate birthdays, which many a times create nuisance for others, it said.
"In the name of birthday celebrations at public places, these students forcibly apply sticky tapes, chemicals or foam on others. They even beat up each other during such celebrations. It is possible that someone would die or public property get damaged due to such cruel and violent way of celebration," the notification said.
The notification bans any late night birthday celebration at public place, which involves "smearing cake on the face and applying sticky tapes, foam or any chemical forcibly".
"Police will not take action against those who celebrate birthdays in a peaceful manner. This order is applicable to only those who create nuisance and disturb others," he said.
"We have taken this decision as several people have complained about violent birthday celebrations. Nobody has been arrested ever since the order was issued," Chaudhari, who is posted as the Assistant Commissioner of Police in the Special Branch of Surat police.