Jain Bodies Move Bombay HC Seeking Ban on Non-veg Food Ads

Three Jain spiritual our bodies and a Mumbai resident have moved the Bombay Excessive Court docket looking for a ban on ads of non-vegetarian meals objects in any media, saying it was an “utter violation of the correct to dwell in peace”. The PIL filed earlier than the courtroom said that displaying or displaying such promotionals in vegetarian households was an infringement of constitutional and elementary rights.

Not solely this, the petition additionally requires corporations promoting non-vegetarian meals to print a warning on their packaging stating: “Consumption of non-vegetarian meals is dangerous to well being and surroundings”, in keeping with a report by Reside Legislation. It said whereas persons are free to eat non-veg meals, those that practised vegetarianism had been being “pressured” to observe these ads “with out their consent”.

The matter will come up for listening to on Monday earlier than a bench of Chief Justice Dipankar Datta and Justice Madhav J Jamdar. The PIL has been filed by three Jain spiritual charitable trusts – Shree Atma Kamal Labdhi Surishwarji Jain Gyanmandir Belief, Sheth Motisha Non secular and Charitable Belief, Shree Vardhman Parivar – in addition to businessman Jyotindra Ramniklal Shah.

“If some individuals wish to eat non-vegetarian meals, they’re free to do the identical however displaying/displaying the non-vegetarian meals within the homes of the people who find themselves vegetarian just isn’t good and correct and the identical impacts their constitutional and elementary rights,” the report quotes the petition.

In one other report by Bar and Bench, corporations proudly owning on-line manufacturers, equivalent to Licious and FreshtoHome, have been made respondents within the PIL together with the central and state governments in addition to Promoting Requirements Council of India.

The petitioners claimed that their households are pressured to observe such ads that then “tamper” with the minds of their youngsters. The report said that the petition requested the courtroom to direct authorities to border guidelines or pointers to ban ads selling non-veg meals objects or merchandise.

“Commercial of non-vegetarian meals is gravely unconstitutional because it violates Article 21, which gives the rights to life together with the correct to guard an individual’s custom, tradition, heritage, and all that provides that means to a person’s life,” the PIL is quoted as saying within the Reside Legislation report.

The petition additionally states that the advertisers are expressing and selling “cruelty in the direction of birds, animals, and marine life”, which violates the Article 51A(g) of the Structure. Such ads could cause hurt to the surroundings resulting in degradation and depletion of pure sources, it provides.

To again its claims, the petitioners have cited motion taken by civic our bodies and authorities in Gujarat, Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. These states have restricted sale and show or commercial of non-veg meals objects at sure areas, together with spiritual locations equivalent to Mathura, Rishikesh and Patilana (a Jain pilgrim website in Gujarat).

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