In a welcome development, the Juvenile Justice Board (JJB) has banned the sale of abusive substances to minors in Delhi-NCR. The banned substances include easily available items such as correction fluids/ whiteners, thinners/diluters and vulcanized solutions/sulochans. Now, children who are less than 18 years of age will not be able to buy these products. An exception will be made in cases where such children are accompanied by their parents/guardian or in case they have a proper authorization letter from their school.
The decision was taken after it was found that many children have become addicted to these products that are easily available. The board has directed Delhi government to issue a notification banning the sale of such products to minors. It may be recalled that in 2010, a notification was issued by the Ministry of Health and Family Welfare, calling for regulation of sale of thinners and whiteners to check the growing menace of substance abuse. The board has also asked the government to open more de-addiction centers in NCR.