The Supreme Court on Thursday called for life imprisonment for those making and selling adulterated milk, asking states to make changes to laws.
At present, food adulteration invites six months in jail or a fine of Rs. 1,000. The court said it was not enough and cited examples of West Bengal, Orissa and Uttar Pradesh, which have changed the law and increased the punishment to life in jail.
“We feel that the punishment in Section 272 IPC (Indian Penal Code) is not sufficient. We want other states to make similar amendments,” the bench said in its order.
Urea, detergent, caustic soda, refined oil and white paint were being used for adulteration, posing a serious threat to health, a group of citizens, led by Swami Achyutanand Tirth of Uttarakhand, have said in their public interest litigation.