CONFEDERATION OF ARUNODHAYA CHILDREN SANGAM
‘Protect Children from Drug Abuse’ANNUAL CONVENTION 2017
Arunodhaya, a Child rights organisation works towards a vision of creating a just society in which every child enjoys childhood assured of its rights with dignity and happiness. Arunodhaya believes that all children are born with an inherent right to justice, peace and freedom and deserve access to all fundamental human rights including education, health care, love, respect, security and protection.
It is a frozen fact that women and children are the most vulnerable communities of the society. Drug abuse is becoming a widespread problem in the Indian society and Tamil Nadu is no exception. According to National Crime Records Bureau, Tamil Nadu records 205 deaths in 2014 due to drugs. In recent days the incidence of drug abuse among children and adolescents is higher than the general population.
India does not have a substance abuse policy for children. There is also a high incidence of charging children under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, 1985. India does not have de-addiction center to deal with child substance abuse problems. The use of tobacco is another major concern amongst children. In India 20 million children a year and nearly 55,000 children a day are drawn into a tobacco addition.
The number of incidents of drug abuse amongst school children is on the rise in comparison to previous years. More and more teenagers seem to be addicted to alcohol and tobacco products. This is mainly because of easy availability of drugs access to children. Last year a schoolboy was admitted in hospital after consuming drug chocolates which was sold near his school in RK Naga, Chennai.
With increasing number of alcoholic and drug addicts, a large numbers of poor families are suffering economically and emotionally. Women getting beaten up by drunken husband, children are unable to concentrate in their studies in such disturbing conditions. This also leads to increase in the number of suicides and school drop outs.
Taking this into consideration Confederation of Arunodhaya Children Sangam children decided to create awareness on drug abuse this year during their Annual convention. 300 children from north Chennai are coming together with their demands to protect every child and create awareness on drug abuse. Children affected by drugs will be sharing their experience on the ill effects of drug.
Children did saree painting on the theme ‘Effects of Drug Abuse’. During the program (10 am to 10.30 am) children will stand as human chain for 1 km with the saree painting creating awareness on the ill effects of drugs.
Children are creating awareness on drug abuse through various forms of cultural program. Children are planning to perform street theatre, oyilattam and parai dance during the program.
Guests of honour
Mr. D. Prince
Intelligent officer, Narcotics Crime Bureau
Asst Commissioner of Police N1 police station, Royapuram
Ms. Sangeetha Isvaran
Director, Wind Dancer
Mr. Louis Sagayaraj
Country Representative –ASMAE
Ms. Virgil D’ Sami
Executive Director, Arunodhaya
Demands of Confederation of Arunodhaya Children Sangam children
1 To Close Tamil Nadu State Marketing Corporation (TASMAC) as men and children are getting addicted to alcohol. Children living in this situation are pushed to mental pressure which leads to school dropout.
- Particularly to shut down TASMAC that are existing near Schools, hospitals, bus stop, banks and public places
- To strictly implement law banning smoking at public place and strictly punish people who trespass this law.
- Government should provide a complaint box in public places to register complains on drug abuse. A toll free number should be provided by the government.
- All types of drugs are easily available to the children at a very cheap rate which are sold by anti social groups. The authorities must identify these anti social elements and impose strict punishments.
- Prohibition of alcohol and drugs sales to children below the age of 18 years to be implemented strictly.
- To bring de-addiction centre specialised to treat children who are addicted to drugs.
- To appoint counsellor in each school to counsel and create awareness on drug abuse.
- Government authorities should speak about the ill effects of alcohol and drugs on children in parliament meeting, Assembly meetings and city council meeting and bring complete ban on liquor.