Kerala High Court says liquor stores are a big source of trouble for people


Agency, Kochi

Published by: Dev kashyap
Updated Wed, Nov 10 2021 01:33 AM IST

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Judge Devan Ramachandran said that we have to provide a safe and clean environment for non-drinkers, especially women and children, and not five-star facilities for drinkers.

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Hearing complaints from liquor stores, the Kerala High Court noted on Tuesday that long lines and people standing outside these stores are a major source of problems for the general public who do not consume liquor. There are many complaints in which people queuing in front of liquor stores harassed those who lived nearby or passed by.

Judge Devan Ramachandran said that we have to provide a safe and clean environment for non-drinkers, especially women and children, and not five-star facilities for drinkers. Our concern is more towards those people who are concerned about the crowd that is outside the liquor stores and faces this problem in everyday life.

“We have to rid non-drinkers of this antisocial scenario,” the judge said. The state government said that if more stores are approved, the crowd may be reduced from the 306 existing stores. Apart from this, a proposal to drink liquor sitting in these stores is being considered.

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Hearing complaints from liquor stores, the Kerala High Court noted on Tuesday that long lines and people standing outside these stores are a major source of problems for the general public who do not consume liquor. There are many complaints in which people queuing in front of liquor stores harassed those who lived nearby or passed by.

Judge Devan Ramachandran said that we have to provide a safe and clean environment for non-drinkers, especially women and children, and not five-star facilities for drinkers. Our concern is more towards those people who are concerned about the crowd that is outside the liquor stores and faces this problem in everyday life.

“We have to rid non-drinkers of this antisocial scenario,” the judge said. The state government said that if more stores are approved, the crowd may be reduced from the existing 306 stores. Apart from this, a proposal to drink liquor sitting in these stores is being considered.


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