The startling claims by Chairman Hurriyat (M)Mirwaiz Umar Farooq that around 4 lakh youth in valley abuse drugs is a matter of concern and needs to be addressed at the earliest. The menacing abuse of drugs is rampant in every district with administration making no efforts to tackle this problem.
It needs to be emphasized that the drug de-addiction centre at Police Control Room (PCR) Srinagar recently revealed that in 2013, the centre has received 1441 drug addiction cases which is more than double (633) cases registered in 2012.The statistics clearly show that while the youth turn to de-addiction centers for getting rid of this problem, others in large numbers are attracted to abuse of drugs easily available across the Kashmir markets.
The problem of drug abuse has been plaguing our society and both the government and people seem to shy away from the responsibilities and the well-being of our young generations- apparently heading towards a disaster.
The easy access to drugs exposes the role of government agencies in putting a check on drug peddling across the valley while as the criminal silence maintained by the society puts a question mark on its sincerity and concern regarding the abuse of these medicines.
While there is an absolute need to stop the sale of drugs that are being misused by the youth, it is also important to focus on the de-addiction process to help those who are engulfed in this deadly trap. Establishment of a single drug de-addiction Centre clearly indicates that government isn’t serious about the issue, so the responsibility to tackle the problem rests with the civil society.
People need to put the surroundings under continuous watch and identify the sources which spread such evil. It also becomes imperative for the parents to keep a keen vigil on the activities of their children.
The way Mirwaiz suggested, mosques, schools and religious institutions should be encouraged to speak about the socio-political and socio-economic issues faced by the people apart from being used for religious purposes only and his suggestion to use mosques as major centers for carrying out social reforms may well serve as a proper platform to wage a war against the social evils in general and the drug abuse in particular.
In such circumstances there is an impending need to press in efforts to save the Kashmiri youth who literally are standing on a drug abuse powder keg.
B: People need to put the surroundings under continuous watch and identify the sources which spread such evil. It also becomes imperative for the parents to keep a keen vigil on the activities of their children.