‘Sunrise Kashmir’ hosts talk show on ‘growing drug abuse’ in Kashmir

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A non-governmental organisation hosted the ninety-sixth round of a talk show under its ongoing initiative for awareness and addressing the “growing drug abuse in Kashmir”.

Sunrise in Kashmir, an NGO founded in 2010, hosted the talk show on their official Instagram Handle. Earlier, the restrictions due to coronavirus had forced the NGO to move to online mode.

The Talk Show was moderated by the founder of Darbar, the talk show, and Chairman Sunrise in Kashmir Faaiz Dijoo and attended by nearly 750 participants. Dijoo was joined on the panel by Arhan Bagati, Impact and Awareness Ambassador for Paralympics Committee of India, Sanober Pardiwalla, A Bollywood stunt artist and an expert on mental health awareness, the NGO stated in a statement. They were also joined by Mohammad Aaqib Renzu.

“Fighting against drugs needs a collective effort by all institutions and individuals of the society,” said Bagati. “We need to increase the number of rehabilitation centres and involve the maximum number of civil societies.”

Sanober advocated for creating mass awareness for mental health training and indulging in physical exercises “to curb the menace”, the statement added.

Dijoo added that “religious scholars and local imams for mosques should be asked to speak about drug abuse in congressional prayers”.

Renzu laid emphasis on the source of drugs and said the Enforcement Agencies should check how the drugs are reaching the youth. “Lack of avenues for the youth are also one reason and said that pandemic triggered the rise in drug abuse,” he said. “The Municipal Corporation is keen on taking the war on drugs.”

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