The High Court of Jammu & Kashmir and Ladakh emphasized the need for "concerned agencies hand-in-hand with the community heads" to collaboratively combat the alarming issue of drug abuse, particularly among the youth. Justice M A Chowdhary, presiding over the bench, underscored the importance of tackling this menace firmly to protect society, especially the younger generation and families.
Dismissing a plea filed by Tawqeer Bashir Magray of Nowshera Boniyar, Baramulla, the court disapproved of the drug menace, stating that it "harms youth and their families, and the money it generates is diverted for disruptive activities that have bearings on national security."
The court further emphasized that raising awareness about the destructive consequences of drug abuse among adolescents is crucial. It said, "The abuse of alcohol and drugs has resulted in significant morbidity and mortality among adolescents worldwide."
The court recognized the global concern over drug abuse, noting that many young lives are lost to addiction, and many are at risk of becoming addicts. It concluded that Magray, the detainee, remained involved in illicit drug activities, jeopardizing the younger generation's lives and prospects.
In light of this situation, the court stressed the importance of united efforts to combat drug abuse, implying that both legal and community action were crucial for curbing this epidemic among the youth.
Author: Anushka Taraniya
News Writer, MIT ADT University