A day after yoga guru Ramdev's claim that the 80% of Punjab's youth were hooked to drugs, a supreme court judge has also expressed concern over the issue and questioned if the state government's fight against the menace was yielding results.
Addressing a gathering during the launch of a 'Quit Drugs Movement' function by the Asia Pacific Jurist Association (APJA) Punjab and Haryana chapter at Shri Sanatan Dharam Girls College on Saturday, justice AK Sikri said, "All stakeholders are working to check the menace, but instead of showing any sign of ebbing, the problem is getting aggravated. There is a difference between what is happening, what we are saying and what the ground reality is?".
During his speech, he also mentioned Ramdev's statement.
Drawing a parallel between the freedom struggle and the 'Quit Drugs Movement', he added that getting people free from the slavery of the drugs was the new mission before the country.
"I have been informed that 60%-70% persons locked in jails are into drug peddling. The police are nabbing the peddlers and courts are also convicting the accused. Still the problem persists. We need to ponder over this and question why these efforts are not working," he said.
He also emphasised that awareness among the general public needed to be created to fight the menace.
Justice Sikri, along with other judges and children, also took part in the procession in the city as a part of the campaign.
Meanwhile, Justice Vijender Jain (retired) chief justice of Punjab and Haryana high court and chairperson Human Rights Commission Haryana and Uttrakhand said, "Unemployment, lack of sports infrastructure and lack of avenues to constructively channelise youth's energy pushed them towards drugs."