Special Correspondent

NEW DELHI: Union Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad on Friday said it was important to stop showing more objectionable things like “rape and murder” before banning smoking and drinking on screen.

“Movies show much more serious things like rape, murder and dacoity.

Before banning smoking and drinking, we have to ban rape and murder too,” the Minister told reporters on the sidelines of a function to mark the international day against drug abuse here.

Appeal to media

Mr. Azad said the Centre was going ahead with the formulation of a national policy against alcohol and drug abuse and appealed to the media to create more awareness about the issue.

He said the Ministry has set up drug de-addiction centres in all districts across the country, which were not only treating patients but also creating awareness about alcohol and substance abuse.

The Ministry of Health and Family Welfare has already taken the initiative with World Health Organisation to formulate a framework policy on alcohol control on the lines of drug control, he added.