Srinagar: Terming the role of parents and teachers towards social reform as central and significant, the Hurriyat Conference (M) chairman and president of Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, on Monday said that there was an urgent need of making individual and collective efforts towards eradication of social evils and to develop a healthy society based on religious and moral values.
In his inaugural address during a seminar titled, “Role of Parents and Teachers in Social Reformation” organized at Islamia Higher Secondary School in connection with the ‘Hafta Shadat’ programme , Mirwaiz said the society was facing numerous problems including drug addiction and moral degradation and there was an urgent need to address such problems to stop the evils from spreading further.
Mirwaiz called for social boycott of those people who are involved in this trade and are selling addictive drugs to the youth. He emphasized that those suffering from drug addiction need not to be stigmatized but need good medical care and support of their families and society so that they recover from addiction.
The Hurriyat chairman made a fervent appeal the law fraternity of Jammu and Kashmir especially lawyers not to take legal cases of drug peddlers and people arrested in drug-related crimes so that such practices are discouraged and an end is put to this evil trade.
Mirwaiz stated that thousands of Kashmiri youth were addicted to drugs and addictive medicinal substances, adding, at many places charas and hasish was being openly cultivated in fields like any other normal crop.
Apart from social issues, Mirwaiz said there was a need to start a vigorous campaign against issues people are facing on daily basis like black marketing, illegal hording, fake medicines, and corruption.
Terming the role of teachers in building the society as significant, he stated that apart from imparting conventional education, they should also focus on religious and moral education so that the young generation cultivates itself around the teachings of Islam and that of Prophet Muhammad (SAW).
A number of students from different private schools also spoke and participated in the seminar. The best speaker award was bagged by Hifza Haroon of RP School Harwan; the second award went to Aymen Ataf of New Era Public School. Muslim Public School Kaimoh got third place while fourth was grabbed by the Islamia Higher Secondary School Rajouri Kadal. The best performers were given trophies and appreciation certificates.
On the occasion, Anjuman-e-Nusrat-ul-Islam also issued a special Shaheed-e-Millat Number of Risala Nusratul Islam. Noted scholars and educationists participated in the seminar.