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The problem of drug abuse in India
A healthy nation denotes for its healthy people. When people get addicted to vices like drugs, prostitution, alcoholic drinks, betting and gambling, etc, its ruining impact does not limit to the consumer or his / her family and the society but also the nation and its economy, as a whole.

That's why the laws against drug peddlers are stringent in foreign countries compared to India, particularly in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and other gulf countries, where capital punishment of beheading is awarded and executed, if found involved even for the first time, in any act of possessing, using, manufacturing, supplying, or transporting them. 

However, in India, capital punishment for such crimes is awarded only in rarest of the rare cases, if found involved repeatedly in certain acts, as proclaimed U/S 31 and 31(a) of Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act 1985. For consumption of drugs the punishment can be awarded from 6 months to 1 year of imprisonment with or without fine U/S 27, 64 (a) of the Act. Because of such lenient punishment, foreign drug peddlers might have found India the safe-haven for their illegal trade. This view gets strength from the day-to-day recovery of these prohibited substances in huge quantities in police raids.

Rich and affluent are the usual targets of the drug peddlers to gain from their illegal trade. But, the recent revelations that some school going children too are found addicted to drugs is alarming. Now, it is time to ponder over the issue on how to curtail and eliminate this dangerous practice of drug trafficking and drug consuming not only from the states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh but also from the entire country. Remedial measures must be chalked-out by both the governmental departments concerned and the voluntary organisations working in this field.

It is equal responsibility of every citizen to keep a check on their school and college going-wards and co-operate with the investigating agencies of the government who are investigating the matter at the moment. The police officials should create a separate toll-free number in this regard, through which the people can pass-on any suspicious information. 

In this entire episode, there are broadly two categorisations namely the victim(s) – those who are addicted to drugs; and the accused – those who are involved in drugs business. Although in the eyes of law both are criminals.   

The government should consider announcing a soft policy towards the addicted victims, take measures for their rehabilitation and obtain any authentic information from them which can be useful in tracing the real culprits who are promoting drug abuse among the masses. This may pave way for the addicts to come forward voluntarily and share information without any fear and ease-up the process of investigation. However, the latter category of the accused should be dealt with stringently.

Investigative agencies shouldn't be targeted as being biased towards any group, as they do probe as per the information provided to them by the suspects during their interrogation and as procured from other sources. Further, there is no reason as to why a non-addict should fear from appearing before the investigative agency on summoning!  

Both the Central and state governments should also shed the dubious policy of allowing and promoting the trade of liquor and other alcoholic drinks, gutkha, pan masala, cigarettes on one hand; and publicising their health hazards on the other, with the sole intention to earn revenue from their sales. They should be banned completely. But, the irony is that the present day governments have become highly dependent to run and function, based on the revenue accrued from the sale of these hazardous substances, without which they would become virtually handicapped.  And thus, human life is put to sacrifice. It is for the citizens to be vigilant and exercise their utmost conscience, in this regard.

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