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Mother's Desperate Pleas

Road ahead is long, arduous, it requires a comprehensive approach
12:00 AM Apr 25, 2024 IST | SHABIR IBN YUSUF
mother s desperate pleas

A mother's plea to send her drug-addicted son to jail for his own safety sheds light on the alarming rise of substance abuse in Kashmir. The woman's desperate request to the police reflects a broader crisis gripping many families in Kashmir, where drug addiction has become a pervasive issue, particularly among the youth.


The mothers are approaching the authorities with a heartfelt plea to incarcerate their son for two years, hoping that the enforced sobriety of prison life would break their cycle of addiction. Their plea, though heart-wrenching, is not an isolated incident. Across the valley, families are grappling with the devastating effects of drug abuse, with many turning to law enforcement as a last resort in their efforts to save their loved ones.


The prevalence of drug abuse in Kashmir has reached alarming levels, with a significant portion of the youth population falling prey to various substances. Factors such as unemployment, conflict-induced stress, and lack of recreational facilities have contributed to the vulnerability of Kashmiri youth to substance abuse. Additionally, the easy availability of drugs, coupled with the lack of effective rehabilitation programs, has exacerbated the problem.


The situation is further compounded by the stigma associated with drug addiction in Kashmiri society, which often leads families to suffer in silence rather than seek help. Many addicts face social ostracisation, making it difficult for them to seek treatment or support.


In response to the growing crisis, the Jammu and Kashmir Police have launched several initiatives to combat drug abuse. The Police Department has conducted numerous awareness campaigns in schools and communities to educate people about the dangers of substance abuse. Additionally, they have intensified efforts to crack down on drug trafficking networks operating in the region.


However, addressing the root causes of drug abuse requires a multifaceted approach. Beyond law enforcement measures, there is a pressing need for increased access to quality healthcare, including mental health services and addiction treatment facilities. Furthermore, efforts to create employment opportunities and provide constructive outlets for the youth are essential in preventing them from falling into the trap of substance abuse.


The plight of the mothers who sought help for their wards serves as a poignant reminder of the human cost of the drug abuse epidemic in Kashmir. It is a call to action for policymakers, community leaders, and society as a whole to come together to address this pressing issue and offer hope to those who are struggling. Only through collective effort and compassion can Kashmir overcome this crisis and build a brighter future for its youth.


Besides, the silent battle is being fought within countless homes. It's a battle against a scourge that knows no boundaries, impacting families regardless of their background or status. This battle is against drug abuse, and at its forefront are the parents, grappling with a mix of anguish, helplessness, and determination to save their children.

For many parents in Kashmir, the nightmare begins with subtle changes in their children's behaviour – a gradual withdrawal, a sudden drop in academic performance, or unexplained mood swings.

These are often the first signs that their child might be falling prey to the lure of drugs. What follows is a tumultuous journey of denial, guilt, and desperation as they try to come to terms with the harsh reality unfolding before their eyes.

One of the most heartbreaking aspects of this battle is the stigma attached to drug addiction in Kashmiri society. Parents often find themselves isolated, judged, and ostracized by their own community. This stigma not only makes it difficult for parents to seek help but also prevents them from speaking out about their struggles, further exacerbating the problem.

Despite these challenges, many parents in Kashmir are fighting tirelessly to save their children from the clutches of addiction. They are turning to support groups, counselling services, and rehabilitation centers, seeking any help they can find. Some are even resorting to drastic measures, such as the mother who requests the police to send her son to jail in a desperate attempt to break his addiction.

The government and civil society organisations have also recognised the gravity of the situation and have launched various initiatives to combat drug abuse in Kashmir. Awareness campaigns, rehabilitation programs, and crackdowns on drug trafficking are being implemented to address the issue from multiple angles.

However, the road ahead is long and arduous. Addressing drug abuse in Kashmir requires a comprehensive approach that tackles not only the supply of drugs but also the underlying factors that contribute to substance abuse. This includes addressing issues such as unemployment, lack of recreational opportunities, and most importantly, the stigma associated with addiction.

As the battle against drug abuse rages on, it is crucial for society to come together to support the parents who are on the frontline of this fight. It is time to break the silence, eliminate the stigma, and offer a helping hand to those who need it most. Only through collective effort and compassion can Kashmir hope to win this battle and protect its future generations from the grip of drug addiction.

(The author is senior staffer Greater Kashmir)