Friday, January 10, 2014
Doctors Association of Kashmir to file PIL for banning alcohol in Kashmir
Srinagar Jan 9: A day after Chairman of Hurriyat Conference (M), Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, asked government to ban alcohol in Kashmir, the Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) has decided to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) seeking a ban on its sale and consumption in the Valley.
In a statement, DAK President, Dr Nisar-ul-Hassan, said that it would file the PIL on medical grounds. “DAK has been working for better patient care and to protect the human lives. We feel that alcohol is dangerous for human health as it has caused scores of deaths,” Dr Nisar said.
He said that consumption of alcohol has been identified as a major social evil globally. “And the Constitution of India under article 47 in the directive principle of state policy clears states that ‘the State shall endeavor to bring about prohibition of the use and trade of alcohol.”
He said liquor has been banned in various states. “The Gujarat government introduced a bill in its assembly to amend the prohibition law calling for penal action up to death penalty for those convicted in liquor cases,” he said. “Alcohol kills and causes morbidities. It causes neuropsychiatric and neurological impairment, heart attacks, strokes, cirrhosis of liver, pancreatitis, oropharngeal cancers, esophageal cancer, hepatocellular carcinoma and death. Alcohol has deleterious effects on each and every organ of the human body,” he said. .
“The sale of liquor is unacceptable to us and at no cost will we allow this menace in our society. We have a strong obligation towards our society to safeguard it against social evils,” he added.
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