SRINAGAR: Expressing serious concern over the growing social evils in society, Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, Sunday said that addressing the issue cannot take backseat to the settlement of Kashmir issue.
“Alcohol and drug addiction has become order of the day in our society and the same needs serious remedial measures,” Mirwaiz, who is also head of Mutahida Majlis Ulema (MMU), an amalgam of religious scholars of Kashmir, said while addressing a daylong seminar over the growing immorality, drug abuse and other social evils in Kashmir at the Mirwaiz Manzil Rajouri Kadal here, a statement issued by spokesperson of Hurriyat (M) said.
“It is not the time to deliver lectures about the growing immoral activities in Kashmir but the need of the hour is to act on the ground,” he added.
“Besides striving for the settlement of Kashmir issue, the serious situation that is emerging due to growing drug menace in valley cannot be undermined,” he said, adding “There must be individual and collective efforts for the eradication of drug addiction and growing crimes here.”
Mirwaiz while cautioning parents about the outcome of the situation if not stopped at an earliest, said that “the way parents show concern in equipping children with modern education, moral and religious values must also be prioritized so that they could see a better society in future.”
Asking the religious clerics to play important role in eradication of drug menace from valley, Mirwaiz said “Mosques could play a vital role in making people aware about the dangerous trends in the society at large.”
Urging Imams and khateebs not to deliver sermons only, Mirwaiz asked them to “start organizing Mohalla committees to keep a check in their respective areas.”
According to the statement the seminar witnessed participation of more than 300 religious clerics, leading social activists and physiologists of valley.
Quoting the figures over the growing immorality and drug abuse in the society, the subject experts stated that there are more than 60,000 cases of drug addiction reported from valley and the number of people suffering from depression is 120000.
Experts while taking everyone by surprise claimed that according to UNO report, in 1987- there were 17000 cases of mental depression in valley while as the number has jumped to 100000 in 2008. In 2012, the number was 120000.
Experts also stated that due to the growing drug menace in Kashmir society, the suicidal trends especially among youth are touching soaring heights every day.
“On the occasion around 100 youth volunteered to work with local imans on eradicating social evils,” the statement said.
“Those who participated in the meeting include Spokesman of Jamat Islami Advocate Zahid Ali, Mufti Mohammad Yaqoob Baba of Jamait-e-Ahlhadees, Moulana Ghulam Rasool Hami of Karvaan-i-Islami, Dr. Yousuf-ul-Umar of Islamic Study Circle, Moulana Khursheed Ahmad Kanoongo, Prof. Mohammad Yaseen Kirmani, Moulana Akhzar Hussain, Moulana Lateef Ahmad Bukhari, Mufti Imran, Mufti Sultan Mufti Ghulam Rasool Samoon, Moulana Mohammad Sultan, Moulana Syeed Waris Shah Bukhari, Prof. Dr. Abdul Rehman War, Mufti Syeed Ahmad Bukhari, Moulana Riyaz Ahmad Bukhari, Abdul Samad Inqalabi, Moulana Mohammad Iqbal Kanth, Moulana Altaf Rafiqi, Al-Haaj G. M. Shah, Al-Haaj Showkat Khanyari, Dr. Javed Ahmad, Qari Ali Mohammad, Molvi Nadim Chowgli, Moulana M. S. Rehman Shamas and many others,” it added.