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Delhi HC plea for lower drinking age in Delhi

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Published : May 26, 2018, 5:15 am IST
Updated : May 26, 2018, 5:15 am IST

Delhi Excise Act prescribes 25 years as the minimum legal age for buying and drinking alcohol.

Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)
 Delhi High Court. (Photo: PTI)

New Delhi: The Delhi high court, on Friday, sought a response from the AAP government on a PIL seeking the quashing of a provision in the Delhi Excise Act, which prescribes 25 years as the minimum legal age for buying and drinking alcohol.

A bench of acting Chief Justice Gita Mittal and Justice C Hari Shankar issued a notice to the excise department of the Delhi government on the plea, which cited the lower drinking age in other states of the country.

The matter is listed for next hearing on October 9. The high court was hearing a plea filed by lawyer Kush Kalra seeking quashing of Section 23 of the Delhi Excise Act, 2009, which prescribes 25 years as the legal age for drinking in Delhi. The plea has also sought to know what steps the Delhi government has taken towards prohibiting and regulating the sale and supply of alcohol to persons under the age of 25 years in the national capital territory (NCT) of Delhi.

In his plea, Mr Kalra said that while the legal age to drink in Uttar Pradesh, Goa, Telangana, and Jharkhand is 21, in Rajasthan and Puducherry it is 18.

“A person coming to Delhi from a state which legalises drinking at the age of 18 years is likely to continue consuming alcohol here, thus criminalising the behaviour. On the other hand, young persons from Delhi travel to states which have lower legal ages for alcohol consumption. This raises the question how a person, by actuating his/her location, becomes responsible,” the plea said.

The petition also contended that according to reports, about 67 per cent of the population in the age group of 18-25 years purchase alcohol from liquor vends but are never asked for age proof.

It has sought directions to the Delhi government to conduct awareness programmes on responsible consumption of alcohol among college and school going students by including it in the curriculum.

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