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Stop crackdowns on pubs and bars; chase criminals, real crimes

mumbai Updated: May 27, 2012 01:28 IST

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To regulate the amount of alcohol one is allowed to drink and purchase in a week through an archaic law is totally impractical. Drinking cannot be objectionable, as long as it doesn’t become a public nuisance. What we need to stop is drunken driving, and consumption of banned drugs, along with drinks at rave parties.

After the rave party in Juhu was busted, one person challenged that if such parties are raided, he can very well get the drugs at home and hold parties. We need to fine such wrong doers and impose stricter laws to curb such brazen defiance. Only such measures can act as deterrents.

— V Subramanyan

It’s stupid to monitor how much adults drink

A law should serve a purpose. As an adult, I should have the freedom to drink as per my capacity and liking. However, if people create nuisance after consuming alcohol, then the police should definitely take action against them.

One of our laws states that a hotel guest must take a permit for a party, the cost of which is about Rs 10,000. If the party is cancelled, that money is wasted. In addition, the alcohol has to be bought from a licensed shop; no duty free alcohol is allowed. One can let this slide too, but any alcohol that is left, has to be returned to the excise department.

Now, what logic is this?

— Manoj Mathew

We should let the police do their jobs

Police raids on nightclubs and pubs that don’t follow laws are justified. The police and the authorities are only doing their job. Some pubs and clubs cater to prostitution and have become hubs for consumption of drugs. The elite who patronise such social dos, often grease palms to stay clear of the law. Why are we making a hue and cry, when the men in uniform are only performing their duty?

The source from where deadly drugs like cocaine and hash enter our country need to be traced, so that we can put an end to this trade. Also, those addicted to drugs and prostitution should be counselled and sent to rehabilitation centers.

— SN Kabra

Random raids are killing city’s nightlife

The police raided a sundown party at Oakwood Premier Hotel and detained 96 guests, including a few foreign nationals, in a very Taliban-like fashion. While taking them for blood tests, the police also treated them roughly, even before their guilt have been proved.

Such raids and strict deadlines for nightclubs are killing Mumbai’s nightlife. Such moral policing and archaic laws, will not only affect the nightlife of local Mumbaiites, but also affect the city’s hospitality and tourism industry.

Besides, most of these parties are a past time for the rich and influential. Instead of wasting their scarce manpower on such unproductive raids, the police should instead concentrate on maintaining law and order on Mumbai’s streets.

— Vanita Shenoy

Even Dubai has more relaxed laws on alcohol

In a modern and vibrant city such as Mumbai — which is also the financial capital of India — insisting on a liquor permit for the purchase of beer, which is available like soft drinks in Singapore, is absurd and farcical. Regulating the amount of alcohol one can drink is like enforcing police raj in the city. There are no such draconian restrictions on alcohol consumption even in a few Islamic countries such as Dubai. It is high time we scrapped the archaic Bombay Prohibition Act.

By the way, what happened to the government’s proposal last year to do away with liquor permits altogether?

— KP Rajan

Reader of theweek

Raids on parties are a publicity stunt An outdated law regulating how much alcohol an adult can drink in a week is absolutely unnecessary and has no place in today’s world.



The restrictions and raids on nightclubs have become a money-making business for the police department. Often, the police use them as an excuse to extract money from both the attendees and nightclub owners.



I strongly feel that trying to enforce these archaic laws is a waste of time. It will not yield any positive results. Instead of conducting dramatic raids on so-called rave parties, the police should focus on real crimes. If the government thinks that the young are taking to alcohol and drugs, then it needs to devise alternative measures to achieve positive results, and not impose blanket rules. Raiding parties is nothing more than a publicity stunt.



— Bhagwan Thadani