COVID-19: Here's how police uses humour to spread awareness through social media

Updated: 29 August, 2020 01:58 IST | Sunny Rodricks
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    With the country opening up in a phased manner amid a rising number of COVID-19 cases, the police departments are doing their own bit to keep the citizens informed. From educating citizens about washing hands properly to constantly reminding them to maintain social distance, the police departments across India have been spreading awareness not just on the field, but also on social media.

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    Showing the right way to wear a mask, the Mumbai police shared about the dangers of not wearing it properly. Shared on Instagram and Twitter, the police department wrote in the caption, "There is a right and wrong way to wear a mask and that distinction is not hard to make."

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    Inspired from a hilarious scene from popular American television sitcom 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', the Mumbai police shared this post to explain how not wearing a mask makes a person a threat to the public. It features one of the officers helping a woman identify her brother’s killers by asking the five people holding placards to sing the Backstreet Boys' hit song, “I Want It That Way’. Through the song, the woman identifies the man holding the placard number five as the killer. The police department posted this meme featuring the people holding the placards and wearing masks, except for the man holding placard number five. The caption read “It was number 5! Number 5 endangered all our lives. You simply cannot forget your mask!”

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    Recently Mumbai police commissioner Param Bir Singh shared a post inspired by popular card game 'Uno'. The image shared along with the post shows the three cards with pictures of a mask in one card, a bottle of sanitiser in another, and figures of two persons standing apart, indicating the measure of maintaining social distance, in the third card. The effectively framed caption for the post reads, “Pull a 'reverse' on the virus, don't 'skip' your mask. #SayNoToVirus.”

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    Inspired from the recently concluded DC Fandome event, the Mumbai police made a 'Batman' reference by posting this image with a 'riddle'. The text on the image reads, "Haven't a clue? Let's play a game. Just me and you," that hints on wearing a mask and maintaining social distance. The caption reads - 'Riddle' us this.

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    Taking inspiration from popular American sitcom 'Friends', the Mumbai police gave their twist to one of the popular lines said by one of the lead characters on the show, Joey. The original line was 'Joey doesn't share food!' and the police department gave a slight tweak, urging people not to share masks.

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    Inspired by Hollywood film 'Fight Club', the Mumbai police shared a post urging their followers to wash their hands to contain the spread of COVID-19. They shared a picture resembling the poster of the film that shows a hand holding a soap bar with 'Fight Corona Club' engraved on it. The caption reads, "First rule of 'Fight Corona Club'? You wash your hands thoroughly for twenty seconds."

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    The Mumbai police commissioner had also shared a post making hilarious reference to 1990’s Bollywood comedy Andaz Apna Apna. The police department had played around with one of the popular dialogues of the film to urge their followers to wear masks in public. They shared a still from the film featuring actor Paresh Rawal in his double-role characters and one of them wearing a mask. The text on the image reads, “Teja main hu, mask idhar hai’ (I am Teja, here’s the mask). Another popular dialogue of the film was used as the caption of the post, “Smart Boy!’, used with a witty hashtag “#MaskApnaApna”.

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    Mumbai Police gave a twist to the popular 2014 hit song 'Uptown Funk' by Mark Ronson and Bruno Mars, to put forth a message asking people to wear mask while stepping out of their homes and maintain social distancing. They have also shared a still from the music video of the song that features the artistes with a makeover. Tweaking the lyrics of the song throughout the post, the caption reads, “Do believe us, just wear” with the hashtags #ImTooSafe #SafeDamn. The text on the image reads, “Stop.Wait a minute. Wear a mask. Put some distance in it.”

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Pune Police

    Taking cue from the 'Rasode mein kaun tha' rap video from popular television serial 'Saath Nibhana Saathiya' that went viral a few days ago, the Pune police in a post urged people to wear masks. The post shows one of the characters asking the protagonist, "Mask pehenkar bahar jaane wala kaun tha? (Who wears a mask while stepping outside?). The police department posted an answer to the question in caption, saying, "Vo ek zimmedar nagrik tha." (He is a responsible citizen.)

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    The Pune police gave a twist to a message that appears on Instagram that reading, “You’re all caught up," which appears after you are done scrolling through the trending posts shared by those you follow. In the post, the police department shared how you can get 'Insta'nt safety' from the virus, urging their followers to wear a mask in public, maintain social distance and use sanitizer.

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    Pune police shared a post recently explaining their followers what is 'dangerous content'. They wrote in the tweet, "Roaming without a mask or not practicing physical distancing is a threat to all indeed." The blurred image is of people stepping out without masks. The text on the image read, "This photo contains dangerous content that can harm the society at large."

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    While spreading public awareness about taking proper precautions to avoid COVID-19,  Pune police shared how one can break the chain of fake news. “#BreakTheChain of misinformation and fake news. Take a minute to 'verify' before clicking on that 'forward' button,” the police department wrote in the caption of the post, with the hashtags, “#VerifyBeforeForwarding” and “#NoToFakeNews”. The police department also shared an image in the text with symbols of a blue tick and an arrow, which means verified accounts and forwarded messages respectively, which intends to verify messages before forwarding.

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Nagpur Police

    Inspired from a chess move, Nagpur Police posted on their Twitter page showing where you can move without a mask. The picture shared by the police department shows a small chess set and piece of a knight placed in a trapped move. "Check this Mate! Here are the places you can move without wearing masks:" the caption for the post read.

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Nagpur Police

    Nagpur Police came up with a number game to help netizens ‘calculate’ their next travel destination. The police shared a numbered list of popular travel destinations and asked people to choose any number between 1 to 9. Then they asked them to multiply the chosen number by 3 and add 3 to your answer. The police then asked people to multiply the answer by 3 again and then add the digits to get their answer. The answer to this creatively curated was 9, indicating that the police department asked people to stay as home to steer clear of the pandemic. The caption of the post read, “Nagpur Police has organised a TRAVEL contest. Calculate your next Travel Destination.”

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    With an aim to inform, educate and protect Mumbaikars, Mumbai police has been on point with their witty tweets and informative posts on coronavirus. Urging people to stay at home, Mumbai police shared this informative post featuring a man seated on a sofa as a superman as he holds a newspaper that reads: Stay home. Showing how to take on coronavirus, they captioned it: Sometimes, all you need to do be a superhero is to stay home!

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    A few cases of coronavirus patients leaving quarantine has come in the limelight off lately. In order to curb it, the social media team of Mumbai police came up with this quarantine post which not only created awareness but also acted as a warning to those fleeing quarantine. While sharing the post, they wrote: Don't jump the quarantine. You are posing a risk to you, your loved ones & the whole community. These are tough times. Don't force us to be tougher on you. We will find you anyway and so will the strict provisions of law!

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    Urging people to stay indoors, Mumbai police in this informative tweet asked families to self quarantine themselves if they have returned from somewhere. They also urged them to wash hands, and maintain social distance to defeat coronavirus. But it was the caption that struck a chord with Mumbaikars. It read: You may be 'Home', but not 'Alone'. We are with you in this fight against Coronavirus!

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    Guiding citizens on how they should avoid crowded places in order to fight coronavirus, Mumbai Police came up with this funny meme 'Bulate Hai Magar Jane Ka Nahi' featuring a man with a face mask. The funny meme urged people to not visit crowded places in order to avoid the spread pf coronavirus. They captioned it saying: Jo Virus Hai Vo Phaillane Ka Nai! (do not spread the virus that exists).

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    In photo: A Palghar police personnel holds a placard requesting people to stay at home for the country amidst the coronavirus outbreak.

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    Besides sharing funny tweets, and memes, the Mumbai Police Twitter handle also shared videos where the police personnel are seen making public announcements and urging people to avoid mass gatherings in order to fight the global pandemic. While sharing the video, they wrote: To stay safe together, let's not come together - just for a little while!

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    The Mumbai Police also took utmost care to make sure that its own force is safe in its fight against coronavirus. While sharing this post with the citizens of Mumbai, the Mumbai Police twitter handle said that face masks and other protective commodities were distributed across police stations in the city. They also said that being vigilant and protected helps them to fight all evils, including the deadly coronavirus.

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    Reiterating the need to stop spreading rumours and forwarding fake news without verifying it, Mumbai Police asked citizens to not love fake news so much. They also urged citizens to not spread rumours and to not forward unverified news. Taking a cue from one of Bollywood's romantic number, they warned: Forwarded a Fake Message without verifying? Sathiya, yeh tune kya kiya? (What have you done my soulmate)!

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    Mumbai Police Commissioner Parambir Singh also took to his twitter handle to educate people on the novel coronavirus. Urging people to maintain personal, office and home hygiene, the police commissioner asked Mumbaikars to keep fake news far and a doctor close amidst the coronavirus outbreak. Asking people not to panic, Singh said that the city will soon overcome the deadly virus.

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    In photo: Mumbai police personnel shared eye-opening picture, which requests citizens to greet everyone with a namaste and say bye to coronavirus.

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Pune Police

    Besides Mumbai Police, Pune, Thane, Navi Mumbai and even Nagpur police are educating its citizens through their social media handles. Mumbai's neighbouring city Pune has also taken adequate measures to ensure the safety of its citizens amidst the outbreak of coronavirus. The Pune police shared a picture of its police forces and urged people to avoid crowded places and urged them to stay safe at home.

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    While sharing this picture with their followers, the Pune police urged thousands of Punekars to leave their home only if it was needed and to avoid unnecessary rush. While sharing the picture, they said: We are staying at work for you, You stay at home for us!

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    Taking a cue from a Bollywood movie, Pune police shared this witty tweet which urged people to maintain social distance. The photo, which is a still from Break Ke Baad, was captioned: Dooriya Bhi Zaroori Hai. The Pune police also asked its citizens to make plans after a small hiatus.

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    Showing that they are always on point with their tweets, the Pune police this time shared a picture of 'Healthy' Quarantine playlist. The playlist featured 5 important ways to fight coronavirus as songs. Stay at home, keep social distance, wear face mask, wash hands and not to touch one's face. The social media team also came up with a unique hashtag to fight the global pandemic which read: On Guard Against Coronavirus!

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Nagpur Police

    The Nagpur police in its unique and witty way showed how they are ensuring the spread of coronavirus. Sharing a picture of its personnel working from police stations, they took a clue from the popular series Sacred Games and captioned the picture: Sacred Duty!

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    Sharing a meme from Shahid Kapoor's popular film Kabir Singh, the Nagpur police once again proved how to keep its citizens engaged and yet educate them to stay at home amidst the global pandemic. Showing a still from the movie, the post shows friends making plans to go for a picnic but it is the reply that wins the heart. Thereby urging people to maintain social distance and break the chain.

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  • Coronavirus, COVID-19 symptoms, Maharashtra Police

    Amidst PM Narendra Modi's call to observe Janata Curgew on Sunday, March 22, the Maharashtra Police twitter handle came up with one of the best tweets on why one should stay at home amidst the coronavirus. Featuring a still from Nana Patekar's movie Natsamrat, the caption said: To be or not to be (HOME) - that is the question!

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    This tweet from Nagpur police would show you why Maharashtra police is one of the best in the country. Featuring a still from Sacred Games, the police urged people to stay indoors and used the popular phrase from the series 'Balidan Dena Hoga' which meant Sacrifice going to crowded places.

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    After lakhs of people across Maharashtra took part in Janata Curfew, the Nagpur Police shared a heartwarming picture which won many hearts. In the picture, police personnel donning face mask can be seen thanking the citizens of Maharashtra with a namaste for all their love, support and gratitude.

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About The Gallery

As India's coronavirus tally mounted to 33.87 lakh, while the toll reached 61,529 on Friday, Maharashtra continued to be the worst-hit state with 7,33,568 cases and 23,444 deaths. Amid the chaos, the police departments across India is keeping the citizens informed and urging people to take the necessary precautions by sharing witty and humourous posts on their social media accounts.

(All photos/Twitter Mumbai Police, Nagpur Police, Pune Police, Maharashtra Police)

First Published: 23 March, 2020 09:00 IST