Sale of tobacco near educational institutes; HC raps police

New Delhi, May 18 (PTI)

The Delhi High Court today rapped the city police for non-compliance of its earlier directions asking them to take strict actions to stop sale of tobacco products within 100 yards of educational institutions and hospitals saying they are playing with the health of children.

According to Survey, as many as 322 educational institutions had 603 retail outlets within a100-yard radius around them selling tobacco products

According to Survey, as many as 322 educational institutions had 603 retail outlets within a100-yard radius around them selling tobacco products

“They have literally done nothing despite our earlier directions to stop such activities near schools,” a division bench of Chief Justice Dipak Misra and Justice Sanjiv khanna said.

The court also asked the University of Delhi to file an affidavit detailing the actions taken by it to stop the sale of tobacco products near 86 colleges affiliated to it.

After perusing the affidavit filed by the Delhi Police, the court said it was nothing but a statistical juggling and in fact they were playing with the health of children.

The court, which was hearing a PIL filed by World Lung Foundation (South Asia) on alleged continuing sale of tobacco products, has fixed the matter for further hearing on July 20.(more) PTI UPT SJK ABA

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