A petition has been filed in the Supreme Court seeking directions to the centre to frame an effective policy to prohibit the consumption of intoxicating drinks and drugs which are injurious to health, except for medical reasons.
The petition filed by Advocate Ashwini Kumar Upadhyay also seeks the introduction of an effective health warning that covers at least 50% of liquor bottles/ containers on both sides and print health hazards of consuming intoxicating drinks in Hindi and English languages.
The petitioner has also sought ban on the advertisement of intoxicating drinks and start a campaign to educate people about the health hazards due to consumption of intoxicating drinks through electronic, print, and social media.
“Insert a chapter on health hazards of intoxicating drinks in syllabus of primary classes in spirit of right to health & education guaranteed under Articles 21(a),” said the plea.
(This news has been written and submitted by Mr. Yogesh Sharma during his course of internship at B&B Associates LLP. Mr. Yogesh is a third-year law student at Chandigarh University, Gharuan, Mohali.)