An emotional video shared on social media captures the desperate plea of an elderly Kashmiri, urging authorities to take action against his drug-addicted son. The man fears for his family’s and other’s safety, as his son’s addiction to Charas (Cannabis) leads to harmful behavior. This appeal reflects the helplessness many families face, unable to rescue their loved ones from the clutches of drugs.
Shockingly, recent data from the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment reveals a disturbing trend in Kashmir, with approximately one million young men and women addicted to various psychotropic substances, including costly heroin.
The elderly Kashmiri man’s decision to share his son’s dangers stemmed from the alarming surge in aggressive behavior exhibited by drug addicts in the region. Disturbingly, he revealed that his own parents had suffered brain hemorrhages due to the devastating impact of their grandson’s addiction. Kashmir has witnessed three cases of drug-induced matricide, with experts attributing this behavior to drug cravings, restlessness, and related factors.
Notably, a woman was killed by her drug-addicted son in Baramulla in March, while similar tragic incidents occurred in Aishmuqam and Kehribal villages in south Kashmir. Dr. Abdul Majid, Head of Psychiatry at SKIMS Medical College, expressed concern over the escalating number of patients grappling with heroin addiction, mainly through injection.
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