Save these children today or save yourself tomorrow
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It has been over 1.5 years since the guidelines were issued to the Union Government by the Hon'ble Supreme Court of India and yet no action has been taken.
A Public interest litigation (PIL) was filed by Nobel laureate Kailash Satyarthi's NGO Bachpan Bachao Andolan in 2014.
The PIL sought for the enactment of a National Action Plan by the Union of India to tackle the issue of drugs, alcohol and other substances among young children. The Supreme Court of India in its judgement on 14th December 2016 directed the Union Government to –
- Complete a national survey and generate a national data base within a period of six months;
- Formulate and adopt a comprehensive national plan within four months, which will among other things also address the areas of immediate concern noted earlier; and
- Adopt specific content in the school curriculum under the aegis of NEP.
According to the census of 2011, India holds the largest population of children in the world which is over forty-four crore. Every third child who drops out of school is an addict. Recent reports from both official and private agencies indicate the increase in use and abuse of substance among young children. Most of these reports recommend the formulation and implementation of a policy.
The onset age of drug abuse has reduced from 11.5 years to 8 years among children in the last one year. 25,000 children living on the streets of Delhi are drug dependent. There has been a 20% increase in crimes by juveniles who were substance dependent. Most of the crimes committed in the nation against women are done under the influence of a substance.
All the convicts in the Nirbhaya Case have accepted that they were under the influence of a substance at the time of the crime. The Charitar Nirman Sewadar Trust told first post that - "I have met Nirbhaya's rapists in jail and I can tell you that they had a history with addiction. One of them dropped out of school and got into drug abuse as early as age seven."
The spotlight doesn’t fall on these issues unless a heinous crime has been commenced in our society. It is only then the public attention shifts to the well-being of the nation as a whole but do we really need another atrocious event of crime to open our eyes to see the gruesome reality of addiction that our children are facing?
We are a group of students working towards creating awareness and an online platform to prevent children from substance abuse under an initiative called JOYNT.
We request you to sign this petition to awaken the authorities responsible for taking necessary and time bound actions to protect our children and to protect the future of this country.
If you have any questions or would like to support our initiative, please write to us at firstname.lastname@example.org
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