The move by the Delhi Government to ban sale of whiteners to children will certainly going to have an impact on drug users in Delhi, including Okhla. It has been reported that many youths used to take whiteners as drug. A few cases had surfaced in Jamia Nagar too, according to activists who are aware of the drug issue in the locality and they have been founding talking about it from time to time in public forum.
It is understood that the sale of correction fluids, whiteners, thinners and vulcanised solutions to children below 18, unless they are accompanied by adults or carry permission letter from school, has been banned by the Delhi Government’s health and family welfare department. Also, banned is retail sale of bottled correction fluids that are used in both erasing text or nail polish, reported TOI.
For enforcing the ban, the Government has informed the revenue department and police.
Issued in accordance with Section 188 of IPC and Section 77 of Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection Protection of Children) Act, 2015, the progress in implementing ban is to be monitored every month a district task force.
Now, it would be interesting to see how the directive is implemented at the ground level as such notification issued in 2013 had only limited impact. This is an observation by activists and lawyers, who for years have been working on prevention of substance abuse.