Friday, January 29, 2010

HC issues notice over corrective fluid

CHANDIGARH: With addiction among youth emerging as a grave concern in society, the Punjab and Haryana High Court on Thursday heeded a PIL seeking urgent measures to ban availability of correction fluid in the market.

Issuing a notice for March 25, HC asked Chandigarh administration, through its home and health secretaries, deputy commissioner and Union ministry of health to file their responses on the petition moved by NGOs Vyakti Vikas Kendra of the Art of Living (AoL) institution, Yuvsatta and theatre personality Neelam Maan Singh Chaudhary among others.

Pointing out the abuse of correction fluid and thinners among youth, even small children in some cases, especially those living in slums, the PIL sought compulsory ban on correction fluid bottles, withdrawal of stocks from the market and destruction of the same. Stating the presence of volatile organic substance, the petition quoted a PGI study that showed how continuous inhalation of correction fluid led to depression, confusion, aggression and violent outbursts.

"Long-term use of the same even causes seizures and damages the brain, liver and kidney,” the plea said.

AoL’s Punjab and Chandigarh chapter head Ashok Khanna had reportedly come across slum children in Palsora who used thinner to get a kick. Some of them, he stated, were as young as five years and they would pour the fluid on handkerchiefs before inhaling the same, the effect of which lasted some three to four hours. Read report from Times of India

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