HC asks govt to respond on intoxicants being available to kids

The Delhi High Court sought response from the city government on a PIL seeking an order to issue preventive steps so that school children do not get easy access to intoxicants.

Last Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 22:11 PM IST

New Delhi: The Delhi High Court on Wednesday sought response from the city government on a PIL seeking an
order to issue preventive steps so that school children do not
get easy access to intoxicants.

A division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and
Justice Sanjiv Khanna issued notice to the Principal Secretary
and the Director of Education department and sought the
response by May 18.
The bench was hearing the PIL filed by a lawyer,
Sanjeev Sabharwal, who sought an order for restricted access
of eraser fluid, naphthalene balls, pain-relieving balms, nail
paint remover, paint thinner, among other such substances, to
school-going children.
The PIL was based on a news report and sought the
court to direct the government to take preventive steps in the
availability of certain daily items which are being used by
school-going children for addiction by way of inhaling.

Sabharwal submitted before the bench that the
Directorate of Education should ensure that such substances do
not make way into schools and the parents must be made aware
of widespread substance abuse among school children.

Referring to the news report, Sabharwal said in the
petition that students of a top school in Greater Noida were
caught on CCTV cameras sniffing eraser fluid in class.

The report also said the situation was worse in Delhi,
where school children as young as 10-years-old were getting
addicted to sniffing eraser fluid, glue, pain-relieving balms,
paint thinner, nail polish remover - regular items available
at any neighbourhood stationery or provision shop, as per the
PIL.

Costing just between Rs 15 and Rs 30, most children
could buy these items from their lunch money. Some even go as
far as inhaling petrol from their parents` cars and parked
bikes, said the lawyer.

According to the report, the doctors said prolonged
abuse could damage brain cells and cause cancer.

PTI