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Delhi court bans use of saliva by lawyers to affix stamps

Coronavirus epidemic has brought into focus the dirty disease-spreading practice of using one's saliva to affix stamps, turn pages and count notes that are passed on to others. At least Tis Hazari court in Delhi has put an end to it! Concern has also been expressed at the ICC committee by members about using saliva by veterans to shine cricket balls. The practice of continuous spitting in public places for no rhyme or reason by people, has also caught the attention of the higher-ups. All thanks to coronavirus only!

NEW DELHI, May 20: The Tis Hazari Court in Delhi has released a circular to the lawyers and others concerned to abstain from the practice of using saliva to affix stamps on documents and while handling other papers. The directive also advised the lawyers to use a sponge damper pad while turning the pages of judicial files.

The circular issued by District and Sessions Judge Girish Kathpalia on Monday read, "Lawyers/Munshis/Litigants/Naib Courts/Police Officials may be asked through court staff not to use saliva while affixing court fee stamps on the application/petition and envelopes containing summons/notices, etc."

Concern over cricket players using saliva for shining balls

Meanwhile, Anil Kumble-headed International Cricket Council (ICC) cricket committee has advised that saliva should not be used by cricket players for shining the balls, but may use one's sweat instead, as a healthcare precaution in the game, in the context of the coronavirus epidemic that infects through nostril droplets and saliva. It took into account the medical opinion that corona may not spread through sweat. The committee also discussed other ways to maintain the ball giving priority to hygiene and good practices.

COMMENT: If, thanks to coronavirus epidemic, this obnoxious practice of using saliva for affixing stamps or while turning documents or counting notes is really coming to an end, it is a highly welcome change indeed!. This was one of the two worst dirtiest practices even the Swatch Bharat Mission missed out and the corona has brought to light. The second is spitting on the roads and streets every few seconds, for no reason, the moment we leave our homes, but never at home. Even into waste bins at work places that are spic and span. This one was spoken about by Prime Minister Narendra Modi in one of his addresses to the countrymen last month in the context of the coronavirus epidemic, and some action followed. The Ministry of Home Affairs issued a directive making spitting in public places a punishable offence. The Mumbai Municipal Corporation responded by notifying a fine of Rs 1,000 on anyone caught spitting in public places. Similar action was notified in several States also, including Delhi.

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