A one-day seminar was held by Ulema, scholars, Imams, civil society activists and NGOs was held at historic Mirwaiz Manzil, Rajouri Kadal, The meeting was presided by Mutahida Ulema council head Mirwaiz Umar Farooq, the seminar was regarding the alarming concern in society and growing addiction of drugs in the Valley, one of the concerns was related to women safety .
The focus of seminar was on to understand the basic and growing problems regarding drug abuse and women discrimination to tackle these issues.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq in his inaugural speech said that the rapid increase in drug abuse is being reported all over the valley, both boys and girls are indulging and availability of these drugs needs to be addressed by one and all to save the future generations and the society. He said that the seminar has been called so as to collectively we can deal with this major problem.
Mirwaiz said that it is unfortunate for us that despite being a Muslim society and following the great religion of Islam that gives women all dignity and guarantees their rights reports of rampant domestic violence which force them to take the extreme steps of committing suicide, discriminations and abuse against women are increasing.
Mirwaiz also stressed that it was the Ulemas, Imams and Khateebs responsibility to generate awareness among people regarding these growing issues among men and women, and the rights and respect to the women guaranteed by the great religion of Islam.
In this occasion, Karwan-e-Islami patron Ghulam Rasool Hami said that the organization led by him has been raising voice against the growing drug and liquor menace for a long time.
Hami said we should be concerned about the availability of liquor and drugs in the market while as drugs like Heroin are an inch away from the addicted and the government is well versed about this matter .
Doctors from drug de-addiction center SMHS gave a detailed presentation, quoting official figures in the year 2018-2019, at the SMHS drug –de-addiction center, 6476 cases were registered while as 755 patients were admitted in the hospital. Official figures had revealed that over 46000 patients were alone treated at the SMHS hospital for being addicted one or the other drug in 2018 and in the ensuing year, more than 12000 in the Out Door Patients Department (OPD).
The drug addicts treated at SMHS hospital were 88% males, and rest 12% are females whic was quit shocking, that include school and college going girls, women with some domestic disputes are also indulged .
Regarding women’s issues Ms. Mantasha Bint -e-Rashid of Kashmir Women’s Collective initiative (KWCI) gave a detailed presentation highlighting various challenges women face on daily basis both at domestic and social level, including domestic violence , desertions divorce refusal to give parental inheritance among others.
She suggested a series of measures to address the issues while seeking active support of the clergy in Kashmir. Later suggestions given by all members were discussed and a decision to form two panels which included Ulemas, Khateebs civil Society activists and NGOs, was made that would work on both the issues.
Mirwaiz advocated the inclusion of a member from Kashmir Women’s Collective Initiative in the panel constituted to address the issues related to women.