HC directs govt to set up campus police units to resist drug abuse in educational institutions

The higher secondary syllabus must include portions that explain the drawbacks of drug abuse.

Kochi: The Kerala High Court has directed the state government to start campus police units to resist use of drugs in campuses. The current police system is unable to inspect the campus and the new suggestion was put forward following this.

The division bench including Chief Justice S Manikumar and Justice Shaji P Chali suggested that actions should be taken to ease the implementation of the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances Act (NDPS Act) in educational institutions.

This was recommended after the High Court settled a suo motu petition on the basis of a letter written by former Kottayam district police chief N Ramachandran pointing out the impacts of use of drugs for the person and the society.

The higher secondary syllabus must include portions that explain the drawbacks of drug abuse. The chief secretary should submit a report in the court every three months regarding the actions taken by the government to resist drug abuse.

The court also directed to send the order to the chief secretary to take necessary action in this matter. The registry was directed to enlist the petition after three months in order to update about the steps taken in this regard.

The court evaluated that a detailed study should be conducted into the report submitted by the special branch and legal action should be taken.

The court's recommendations

A joint meeting of police, excise, health, law, education, social justice and mental health departments should be convened.

Special guidelines should be given to make the educational institutions like schools, colleges and universities drug-free.

Utilise student police, NCC and NSS cadets for spreading awareness.

Police should organise special programmes to make the campuses drug-free.

Authorities should provide councelling and rehabilitation for those who are addicted to drugs.

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