Leglization is a word which implies what is good and what is bad? But we don’t seem to realize the fact that bad or good,there are few things which depends on the individual choices, sometimes individual choices come much above social rights. Or, at times our society itself tries to play the ‘teacher with the stick’. But there are few things which are more of a taboo, however if deeply or think from other side, things which are illegal be made legal and it can be helpful in some way or the other. It is the individual choices that has to be seen in the first place.
1. Sleep (a fundamental right)
In one of the recent judgement given by J. Kapadia where sleep has been recognized as a fundamental right .Before venturing into legality and illegality of sleeping rights, it is important to know what is sleep? Sleep is an unconscious state of mind, where every human and every living being bring naturally acquire it and as a result of which the entire nervous system(activity) gets suspended. Now, that sleep has been legalized in India in this recent judgement in Baba Ramdev case, then the hour of sleep for truck drivers must also be legalized. In Tulsa, Oklahama the pilots of the chopper must get a sleep of 10 hours a day before flying a plane or a chopper. This right must be recognized in India. Even at schools sleep be legalized. It is a common notion among the teachers at school that even those who sleep in class , are for two possible reasons- one, that he is either getting bored in class or he didn’t take a sleep. Now, looking at present times, children are already burdened with lots of work- like going for extra class (coaching classes) generally after schools, completing assignments and the last minute panicking if the assignment is completed results in deprivation of sleep. And, sleep must be legalized in such a way that every school must allot a special period (what if named) ‘POWER NAP’ period just like restrooms in malls. Sleep is deprivation of human’s basic right and if somebody’s right to rest is impeded it is like taking away the natural right of a person. And hence should be legalized in its best way.
2. Performance enhancing drugs
“Why Legalizing Sports Doping Won’t Work,” this was taken and very validly put forward by the author in “Freakonomics” by Stephen. J . Dubner.”…..[..] Medical laws and medical ethics prevent us from letting athletes use these substances outside of a clinical trial. But athletes, who eagerly seek out anything that will give them a competitive edge, will still try and get them…Simply put, wherever you draw the line, something, some technique or substance, will always be off-limits. And so you’ve merely moved the line, not erased it…” what it has to be focused is that at the modern age, with new innovations and technology we must realize the fact that sports is not about physical display of natural strength . But, with time a lot of glamor came into picture making it look more spicy. It’s often a newspaper headlines about “Anti-doping tests”. Mostly athletes have the tendency to go back to their changing room and have secret steroids which gives them energy to boost themselves up. However such kind of act has been illegalized and is said to be cheating . but did we ever think why such “performance enhancing drugs” been banned? Simple reason ! one: it has some kind of side effects later and two: if you have it, you get extra energy and you may win the game just because you had a energy pill. But , does the drug really grantees so!? Rather let’s put it in this way, why not make the performance enhancing drugs legalized and cope with side-effects. Make it SAFE ! OR DISTRIBUTE IT SAFE ! Create awareness among the athletes . banning a particular thing isn’t s solution that doesn’t make it a good law. A good law is something which justifies that what is right and what is wrong? And why is it so? ‘DRAW A LINE IN BETWEEN AND EXPLAIN IT LOUD and CLEAR.’
3. Suicide (right to die with dignity)
It is a choice of the person if he wants to live or not and have a control on himself. Suicide is illegal because it directly affects the fundamental right of an indivudal. It must be left to individual choice. What if a rape victim if today has lost her social identity and she/he feels half dead or like a living Cropse and if she cannot bear the social stigma, let her take her own life ! Meaning commiting suicide which is my independent choice should also be recognized as fundamental right. If today somebody assume to have a higher claim to my own body and mind than I do, that somebody else has the right to judge my state and worth and decide what is to be done with me. We should try to ask the victims of suicide the reasons to be considered if he/she wants to commit suicide, and try to help. We must let them choose their path and not forcing them to endure a miserable existence, even if it could be considered a subjective thing, suicide should be left as a choice.
4. Save sports and allow Match fixing
Complete banning match fixing (kind of gambling) does not stop it from taking place but only drives it underground. What if match fixing is legalized? Simple! The money which is being passed under the table, will increase the tranperacy level so that that bookies, cricketers and (if politicians) are involved they will easily be blacklisted. Not only that but one can trace the source of money from where it has been derived. Once the person comes into lime light, he can be kept under a scanner. It will rather act as a linchpin if the money is derived illegal means. Instead lets make a law which is flexible instead of making it a strict law. So, why not think outside the legal book?
As for the present status marijuana is banned. Let’s reverse the picture for the time being and let’s try to visualize that the amount that we are spending to regularize marijuana use, that amount of billions can be spent rather in legalizing it’s use, by virtue of imposing tax on it unlike alchohol, drugs. If economics benefits are calculated, if heavy taxes are imposed, then the money gained while trafficking marijuana and the profit earned (as black money) can be converted into white money and the legalization would help conerting the black money into white money.
6. Salvia Divinorum
It is the cousin of mint plant and it has not been legally recognized in other countries especially India. In US it is called the ‘party’ drug and it has high level of intoxification effect to such an extent that you might have hallucinating effect. But, it has its advantages as well. It has been medically proven to be anti-depressant. Moreover, it is a natural intoxicant but better than cocaine which has some kind of bad ill effects on the body. Dieseases like Alziemer , Schizophrenia and cocaine addicts can rely on these which are some kind of anti-depressant.
7. Say Cheers to Liquor
Let’s talk about India where liquor has been banned in states like Gujarat and Maharashtra. Hence the illegalization of liquor is quite detrimental to the economy of the country or the state. Although there is a tough prohibition on the liquor but ground reality is different. Instead it leads to more of smuggling in border areas and also illegal ways of earning black money , so liquor which comes before marijuana must be legalized. Let the money get into funds and impose heavy taxes and then only it can be controlled by the government instead of laundering it from here to there.
We often hear this saying that “ it is my body…..and I have the right”. So why not prostitution be legalized. Sex is another basic right, if it is legalized then there are certain advantages to it. Some of which are :
– It will control other sex crimes
– Drugs can have a negative effect on a person, but prostitution has a very few downsides. And the downsides are only minor and it can be controlled more if proper protection is given.
If prostitution is illegalized then the demand for forceful trafficking of young girls and lead a dark life. So why not legalize forced sex in a controlled manner.
Thinking of people who have rare diseases when he/she is paralysed or after accidents he or she is in a come. What is the benefit of keep him in an artificial condition just to let him breathe when his right to live a natural human has ceased to exist. Just like in Aruna Shaunbag’s case, where Supreme Court held that passive euthanasia can be given to the patient instead of living a miserable life. But, what we don’t understand that euthanasia must depend on the choice of freedom of his/her own rights. Even law cannot interefere in one’s life because a person’s natural right is above than any other right prescribed by law. One cannot follow a parameter to substantiate the fact that why euthanasia be given or not given. It should completely be left to the decision of the near or dear ones and not by any authorities.
10. Same sex marriage
After the successful marriage of Shannon and Seema , the world has opened a new eye to a new world where “same sex-marriage” been legalized. This change will take millions to be recognized. Our society has this traditional belief that marriage is all about union of two persons. It sounds so subjective but it gets narrow minded when it is said : marriage is between two opposite sex. It doesn’t say that ! but the society says so. This because without opposite sexes you cannot make a family. But, let’s think in this way ! so what? If you cannot have the kids in natural way, but you can have kids adopted and give them same rights like any other natural guardian. What’s the difference? The day we start recognizing same sex marriage we are breaking many stereotypical beliefs that : men and women are NOT equal; no racial discrimination ; the world comes together. This might sound kind of abstract to you or little beyond your mind. Don’t blow yourself. All need is to GET-SET-TO-WELCOME-A-CHANGE.