DAK demands capital punishment for spurious drug dealers

Srinagar: Doctors Association Kashmir (DAK) today demanded capital punishment for those involved in manufacture and sale of spurious drugs describing it ‘a crime against humanity’.

“Death penalty will act as a powerful deterrent and will effectively curb the menace of spurious drugs which is a grave crime as precious human lives are lost,” President DAK Dr Nisar ul Hassan in a statement said.

Expressing dismay over the recommendations of legislative assembly committee to book those involved in the trade under PSA, Dr Nisar said that it was a mere eye wash as ‘it is a preventive and not a punitive measure’.

 In view of serious implications of spurious drugs on public health, Drug and Cosmetic Act was amended in 2008 which contains stringent provisions such as maximum penalty for life imprisonment.

The amended act has provisions to have special courts for handling spurious drug cases so that judicial proceedings can be expedited.

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