Court passes landmark judgement to combat drug abuse among children
Anuj Malhotra 16 Dec 2016

Court passes landmark judgement to combat drug abuse among children

TNN, Dec 15, 2016, 06.21PM IST


CHANDIGARH: The Supreme Court on Thursday asked the Central government to curb the rising menace of drug, alcohol abuse among children and by formulating a national action plan for combating its harmful impact on children, while hearing a petition by Bachpan Bachao Andolan. The petition stated that due to inaction and non-compliance of the government's action plan for reduction in drug demand and supply, the fundamental rights of children across the county are being violated.


Bachpan Bachao Andolan (BBA) is India's pioneering grassroots movement for child rights, founded by Nobel Peace Laureate Kailash Satyarthi in the year 1980.


The bench of Chief Justice TS Thakur and Justice DY Chandrachud passed the landmark judgment directing the government to "Formulate a national policy on drug and substance abuse within six months." It also directed the government to set up de-addiction centres in every district and conduct a national survey for preparing database on drug and substance abuse among children in the country.


Senior Advocate HS Phoolka, who appeared in this case on behalf of Bachpan Bachao Andolan said, "the petition was filed to ensure that the government of India takes proactive steps to curb the menace of drug abuse and to extend protection to children who are vulnerable. This crucial judgment will ensure that children are provided with a better, more healthy childhood."


Kailash Satyarthi, Founder BBA, responded to this judgment saying that, "Trafficking and drug abuse, inherently linked to each other, are the most prevalent forms of organised crime in the world that violate the fundamental rights of our children. I welcome this landmark judgment by the Hon'ble Court, and believe that it will go a long way in building a safer environment for our children."


Society, school and parents must come together to tackle violation of child rights especially child sexual abuse in areas of community within their reach. It is a collective responsibility and action must be taken against drug mafia and for their rehabilitation."

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