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Plea in SC seeks law to compel e-commerce sites to declare 'country of origin' for products to aid in boycotting Chinese products

The plea has been moved in the backdrop of the recent clash between India and China at the Galwan Valley. The petitioner says that revealing the country of origin of a product will help in boycotting Chinese goods.

Debayan Roy

A petition has been filed before the Supreme Court seeking directions to the Government of India to formulate a law compelling e-commerce sites and business houses selling goods to declare the country of origin of products (Divya Jyoti Singh v. Union of India).

The plea has been moved by Advocate Divya Jyoti Singh who has urged that the country of origin for products should be easily visible to customers so that an informed decision can be made.

The plea comes in the backdrop of the recent clash between India and China at the Galwan Valley. The petitioner says that revealing the country of origin for products will help in boycotting Chinese goods.

"There is a wave flowing in the country for boycotting the Chinese products, by non-disclosure of the ‘Country of Origin’ on the web-portals, these giant business houses/ e-commerce portals are not only playing with the patriotic feelings of the Indians but also are proving fatal in the efforts of each and every citizen of India in boycotting the Chinese products and also are blocking the way in promoting the local manufacturers/brands as called for by our Prime Minister so that the country becomes self-reliant as is the need of the hour."

reads the petition.

The petitioner has alternatively prayed to amend the Section 2 (9) of the Consumer Protection Act to add that the consumer’s rights shall also include the right of the consumer to know the ‘Country of Origin’ in the e-commerce portals.

Section 2(9) of the consumer Protection Act states that a consumer's rights include "the right to be informed about the quality, quantity, potency, purity, standard and price of goods, products or services, as the case may be, so as to protect the consumer against unfair trade practices."

Singh has argued that there is a large influx of "junk" which is made and imported from China and that "consumers are still kept in dark by not disclosing the Country of Origin."

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