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07 November 2012

Mizoram Forms Squad To Fight Drug Abuse

Aizawl, Nov 7 : A squad has been floated by teachers to check drug abuse and illicit sexual relationships by students in Serchhip town of Mizoram. The squad was set up recently by the Serchhip Teachers’ Association (STA), Mizoram.

The squad members said their concern has been over the rise of drug use among students and their involvement in illicit relationships resulting in unprotected sex. The squad will take measures and action against any student who violates its directives and rules within Serchhip town comprising of six village councils.

The squad will carry out work at a place where students gather at a particular place. It expressed the hope that parents would be supportive in this mission.

The squad will hand over any student indulging in such activities to the Education Department, sources said. It also reported their measures to pharmacies and asked them to cooperate with them and not sell any drugs without doctors' prescriptions.

The National Commission for Protection of Child Rights (NCPCR) had said that child drug addiction and easy accessibility to drugs are areas of major concern in Mizoram. The commission also estimated child drug addicts could be as high as 10,000 to 30,000 in Mizoram and asked the State to get a clear picture and also urged the Government to immediately notify the State-level Commission for Protection of Child Rights.

The commission also urged the Mizoram Government to give more emphasis to social counselling, youth and children’s projects, build on local strengths such as music and sports and create more facilities for children.


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