Sunday, January 5, 2014

Alcohol a major threat to health ,safety and security of citizens...

Expressing concern over rising incidents of crime near liquor vends, a  here has asked the  government to revisit existing policies on prohibition of sale and consumption of alcohol and drugs to ensure safety of citizens. 

The court noted that areas around liquor vends, being opened in large numbers in the national capital, have been identified as spots high on criminal activities like snatching, robberies, quarrels, molestations and eve-teasing being done by habitual and compulsive alcoholics. 

"Undoubtedly, the alcohol industry is an enormous global industry providing employment to thousands and large revenue to the government and any prohibition or ban to alcohol (either partial or total) would adversely affect major source of funding for public services and tax revenues. 

"However, this cannot happen at the cost of public health, security, safety and morality. 

"With a large number of liquor vends mushrooming all over the city, it is necessary and so am I hopeful that the GNCT of Delhi and Administration would take a serious note of this alarming situation concerning health, safety and security issues and perhaps to revisit the existing governmental policies in this regard," Additional Sessions Judge Kamini Lau said. 

The court's order came while convicting two men, Rajeev and Jitender, of the charges of robbing Amar of Rs 500 and hurting him in committing the offence. 

It said the government is required to take all decisions which are necessary to bring prohibition of beverages, drinks and drugs which are harmful for the health, security and safety of the citizens. 

The court also highlighted that in India, contrary to the Constitutional Mandate (under Article 47 of Constitution) which provides that the endeavour of the State is to bring about prohibition of consumption, only four states -- Gujarat, Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland -- and Union Territory of Lakshadweep prohibit manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol. 

All other Indian states permit manufacture, sale and consumption of alcohol, it said.

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