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Imran to file PIL against drinking law

entertainment Updated: Jun 15, 2011 19:23 IST
Hiren Kotwani
Hiren Kotwani
Hindustan Times
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Ever since the Maharashtra state government increased the age limit for alcohol consumption to 25 earlier this month, there have been a lot of protests against the move. A section of celebrities too have expressed their views on the subject, but so far no one took a strong step against the state's directive. Well, now Imran Khan has.



The 28-year-old actor met with his lawyers over the weekend with plans to file a Public Interest Litigation (PIL) against the government's decision. An aide of his legal counsel revealed that they're in the midst of finalising the draft. In a few days, he will submit his application to the court.



ImranAccording to a member of the actor's crew, "Imran is not advocating alcohol consumption, but questioning the government's decision to curb our freedom of choice. If the youth can vote a government into power at 18 and get married and have children at 21, then they should also be allowed to decide the appropriate age to drink. It's absurd to come out with a law that stops them from drinking before 25. Imran's appalled by it."



Interestingly, this is not the first time that the age limit has been increased to 25. In 1982 too, the age limit was 25. The only exception was Wardha, where the limit was 30. On January 19, 2005, the excise department changed the rule by moving a proposal to reduce the age limit to 21.



When contacted, Imran confirmed: "Yes, the process for drafting the PIL is underway. It is unfair to expect one to wait till 25 to exercise his or her freedom of choice regarding his or her lifestyle. Young India is not as irresponsible as the older establishment assumes it to be."



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