Imran to file PIL against drinking age of 25-yr

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Actor Imran Khan has taken on the state government for raising the drinking age to 25. The actor plans to file a public interest litigation against the new regulation.

Imran told TOI on Tuesday, “I am really disturbed by the state’s perception that the youth of today are a bunch of idiots. I am working with my legal team and plan to draft a petition,” he said. Imran said he was voicing the opinion of a majority of youth who find this regulation “regressive”.

The actor said that more than 60% of the population is below 25. “When one gets the right to vote at 18 and elect a government and even marry and have children at the age 21, to ban drinking for people below the age of 25 is ridiculous,” said Khan.

While the actor personally does not endorse drinking, he said, “I feel everyone has the right to choose and that is the reason why I have decided to take this step. I don’t think it should be imposed upon the youth. This kind of regulation is bound to turn the youth into outlaws.”

“The issue is a raging debate on all social networking sites and most of the youth feel that it is unfair. Its completely unfair to expect that one has to wait till one is 25 to exercise the freedom of choice regarding one’s lifestyle.”

Khan said that young India is not as irresponsible as the older establishment assumes it to be. “They cannot be taken for granted.

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