A city-based woman has approached the Bombay High Court seeking directions to the police and the state government to take steps to rein in the menace of drug addiction. Petitioner Puneet Dhanda said she took the decision to approach the court after reading about the alarming levels the drug addiction among youngsters in a series of news articles in The Indian Express last week. The series focused on various aspects of the drug addiction among the college students and how the police and college administration had failed to control it. The petitioner has mentioned the petition before the Chief Justice of Monday High Court and it will be heard by the HC next week.
Citing news articles published in Express last week, Dhanda has sought HC directions to the state government and the police, especially in Pune city, to take “aggressive and serious steps” against rising menace of drug trafficking and drug peddling. “The problem and menace of drug peddling and drug addiction is spreading like rapid fire in the cities of Pune, Mumbai and Nagpur, and other major cities of Maharashtra. The Government and the Police are not taking effective steps to control the deadly menace as a result of which the young school and college going children are falling prey to it and are also forced to peddle drugs in the city. Cities like Pune and Mumbai have become the safest heaven for drug traffickers and drug peddlers. The criminals seem to be working in hands and gloves with the system, as a result of which the menace of drugs is eating away the precious future and lives of children,” the petitioner has argued. Vineet Dhanda, petitioner Puneet’s husband and lawyer through which the petition has been filed, said the aim was to save children from falling prey to this dangerous addiction.
“When I was a kid, I lost several of my friends to the drug addiction. It’s the duty of the administration and police to curb the spread of bad addictions and stop the sale of such fatal addictions. Since they are failing in doing their duty, as a citizen we have no option but to approach the HC seeking help and directives to the government and police to do their job,” said Dhanda.