Srinagar, September 30: After ban on beef in the state, it is now the turn of Alcohol. A public interest litigation (PIL) has been filed by a religious organization which seeks the complete ban on the sale and consumption of liquor in Jammu and Kashmir. The Jammu and Kashmir High Court has issued a notice to the state government in view of the PIL asking the government to respond.
The PIL was filed by Sheikh Ghulam Rasool Hami, Chairman of a religious organization Karwan-e-Islami. The lawyers of the organization Firdous Parray and Mudassir Naqshbandi have said that under Article 47 of the Constitution of India and Article 24 of the Constitution of J&K, the state government is duty-bound for take measures for improving public health.
The PIL also argues that major part of population of our state J&K are Muslims and according to Islam, consumption of liquor is prohibited. Sale and Consumption of Liquor hurts the religious sentiments of Muslims and has bad affects on the society in many ways, hence, it should be banned.
The petitioner had in 2013 submitted a draft bill asking government to ban liquor sale and consumption in the Legislative Assembly but the government failed to respond.