With each passing day, the air quality of the national capital and its adjoining areas such as Gurugram, Faridabad, Ghaziabad, and Noida continues to deteriorate making it tough for the residents, especially children, to go outdoors. But though the air quality slipped into the severe category, children in Delhi were made to run a marathon to celebrate Children's Day.
On the occasion of Children’s Day – Jawahar Lal Nehru’s birth anniversary – some schoolchildren in New Delhi were made to participate in a “Run for Children” event – while the city remained covered in a thick layer of smog.
An AQI between 201 and 300 is considered 'poor', 301-400 'very poor' and 401-500 'severe', while the AQI above 500 falls in the severe plus category. On Wednesday, the noxious smog resulting from raging farm fires and unfavourable weather had pushed pollution in Delhi-NCR towards the "emergency" zone, prompting authorities to order closure of schools till November 15 -- a second time in two weeks.
The event invited sharp reactions from social media users:
The organizers should be arrested for this. Making small children run in Delhi at a time when schools are closed due to severe air pollution and even grown up adults are struggling to breathe. https://t.co/oZOozwhwDC— Doctor Roshan R (@pythoroshan) November 14, 2019
This is brutal. How little we care about the health of our children. The organisers must be booked. https://t.co/eN0o73gxXl— Kiran Manral (@KiranManral) November 14, 2019
In this polution, when schools are shut, children made to run early morning. The organisers and school principals who sent children should be taken to task https://t.co/BVd0ooO0RV— Snehesh Alex Philip (@sneheshphilip) November 14, 2019
While Schools across NCR are closed due to Pollution & Air Quality Index levels are hazardous. Who is putting life of these Kids in danger! https://t.co/aBGscPSz1L— प्रशान्त पटेल उमराव (@ippatel) November 14, 2019
What is wrong with you people? Here the air quality is such that schools are shut to keep kids somewhat protected, you're making them breathe the smog in more?— Vidyut (@Vidyut) November 14, 2019
Ghanta run for children. This is flat out wholesale child abuse. https://t.co/ILNLL7B18d