Controlling narcotics |
Ziauddin Ahmed, On e-mail
Recently, illegal possession of alcoholic beverages and prosecution by court have made headlines in our national dailies.
The Narcotics Control Act which was perhaps enacted or amended 60 years ago has always appeared hypocritical in its execution.
Consumption of alcohol has increased manifold in the last three decades as the population grew. It is not a hidden fact that bars, clubs and first class hotels in Dhaka and other metropolitan cities sell alcoholic beverages to its members and clients without questioning. Elites of the society are also seen happily consuming alcoholic beverages in diplomatic parties. There is no official ban on importing alcoholic beverages and there are licensed importers and warehouses. It is a source of revenue for the government. My point is that either impose a complete ban on import, sale and consumption of alcoholic beverages or make it completely free. There cannot be any rules or act in between!
There are Muslim countries in the Middle East and the Far East which have allowed consumption of alcoholic drinks without any restriction but punishment is also meted out for drunken behaviour or driving as in other non-Muslim countries around the world. These countries feel that there are other serious social problems for the narcotic department to tackle, like drugs and its derivatives that are degenerating the young generation.
It is time our government came out with a revised and transparent narcotics control policy. The cat and mouse play should stop!