After police busted a rave in a swanky part of Mumbai last week, the city’s drinkers have woken up with an almighty legal hangover.
According to the Bombay Prohibition Act, introduced in 1949, every drinker in Mumbai needs a government permit — 5 rupees for a daily licence and 1,000 rupees ($18) for a lifetime permit.
Once an individual acquires the permit, they can possess up to 12 units of liquor at any given time. The penalty for boozing without a licence will be a fine of 50,000 rupees or five years in jail, or both.
I have three problems with this plan.