PIL regarding drug abuse
STATE TIMES NEWSJAMMU: In a Public Interest Litigation filed by Atharv Mahajan, a student of law, seeking initiation of a special drive by J&K police in J&K for checking growing menace of drugs amongst youth and regarding low conviction in NDPS case, a Division Bench of Jammu & Kashmir High Court comprising Chief Justice Pankaj Mithal and Justice Rajnesh Oswal after hearing Adv Deepika Mahajan with Adv Supriya Chouhan for PIL, directed filing an affidavit by some senior responsible officer of J&K police declaring actual position of drug menace within J&K and whether the police has been able to control it. DB further directed that affidavit shall be filed within a month.This significant direction has been passed in a PIL filed by Atharv Mahajan who is a student of five-year LL.B, which further requested that since 3-4 years alarming proportion with which the drug abuse is catching up with the youth, including girls, is a cause of major worry. The class of addicts, including both sexes, is within age-group of 14-30 years. The petitioner has further submitted that people think that the biggest threat to security is terrorism but the biggest threat is of drugs, which is polluting brain of youth and killing them silently in much more speed than they are being killed through terrorism. The petitioner has referred to some popular cases of drug addicts, which include deaths of young girls and boys. The petitioner has also mentioned specific areas in Jammu city, where open sale and consumption of drugs can be observed without any check. He has further submitted that the police doesn’t seem to be serious in controlling drug menace and appears to be hand in glove with the drug mafia, as recently a police constable was also arrested in Rajouri district for drug peddling.
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