Parents of youngsters and young adults have moved the Bombay high court opposing a public interest litigation (PIL) filed by actor Imran Khan which challenges the state government’s decision to raise the age limit for consuming alcohol from 21 to 25 years.
The intervening application, filed by lawyer Chitranjan Kumar on behalf of parents, contended that prohibition was extremely desirable and hence ban on liquor till 25 years was in no way unconstitutional, illegal, arbitrary and unjust.
The parents have argued that lowering the age limit for drinking will increase the number of offenders between the age of 18-25 years related to 'drinking and driving' cases as a chunk of population falls under this age group.
They also contended that the numbers of wine shops, beer-bars and rave parties will increase multi-fold to cater to legal demands of youth. This will trigger illegal means to procure liquor and put unnecessary financial burden on public exchequer.
Justifying restrictions on drinking till 25 years age, the intervenors argued that consumption of alcohol would pollute the minds of youths and change their lifestyle resulting in behavioural patterns and attitudinal problems.
The actor argued in his PIL that the government’s move to raise the age limit for drinking liquor till 25 years infringed on fundamental rights of a citizen living in a democratic country.