Stop projecting Goa as alcohol destination, say religious leaders

The message of the public meeting on de-addicting Goa, organised by Jamaat-e-Islami Hind, Goa, on Wednesday, was to stop projecting Goa as an alcohol destination. The meeting, held at Lohia Maidan, Margao and attended by more than a 1000 people, was the concluding programme of the month-long campaign and was addressed by religious leaders.

Maulana Muhammad Iqbal Mulla, national secretary, Jamaat-e-Islami Hind said, "Let not that day come when Goa would be projected and promoted as a prostitution destination." He emphasised that the Quran says, "Alcohol is the mother of all evils. The value of revenue earned through sale of these addictive substances is much less than the humanitarian loss and the loss the society would incur in the long run,"he added. [NT]