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Monday, August 12, 2019

Kin bear the brunt as addicts turn violent

Kin bear the brunt as addicts turn violent

Anirudh Gupta

Ferozepur, August 11

Last week Dawinder Kumar threw acid on his wife when she tried to prevent him from consuming drugs. His wife Sunita Rani’s face was defaced in that unprovoked attack following which she was rushed to Government Medical College, Faridkot. She received serious burn injuries. Though the police registered a case against the erring husband, the entire family, including three children, has suffered irrevocable loss.

This is not an isolated case. Similarly, in another incident, a Gurharsahai resident killed his mother and sister with sharp-edged weapons when they stopped him from taking drugs. In yet another occurrence that took place at Bajidpur village a few months ago, a drug addict killed his wife after being confronted by her not to take drugs. Just few days ago, a 32-year-old drug addict, who had been chained with bed by his family members, was rescued by Deputy Commissioner Chander Gaind. The victim had tried to commit suicide due to which his father tied him with chains in their house. Later, the DC got him admitted to a drug de-addiction centre.

“He had sold every household item to buy drugs. I had even informed the police about drug smugglers from whom my son was buying drugs, but instead they threatened to take action against us,” his father said. Last month, the sarpanch of Jama Rahia Uthar village in the Mamdot block thrashed his son and locked him inside the house along with peddler from whom his son had bought drugs.

“Not only these addict youths but also their families are bearing the brunt of their habits. Till date, over dozen such incidents have come to the fore where drug addicts have become aggressive and attacked their own family members,” said an official.

“One can imagine the ordeal which family members of a drug addicts have to go through,” said Dr Rachna Mittal, who is the incharge of Drug De-addiction Centre in the Civil Hospital. She said many times when drug addicts do not get their daily quota of drug; they attack their own family members unmindful of the consequences.

Chander Gaind, DC, said the administration had launched a crusade against drug addiction during which officials were going to every village for counselling and spreading awareness about drug abuse. “We are asking families to come up with details and information about any drug addict in their house or neighbourhood,” the DC said, adding that the families had started opening up about such incidents, which earlier did not come to the fore.

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