Reyaz Rashid

HAS organizes seminar on ‘Social Reform and Our Responsibility’ at GDC Baramulla

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Parents need to give time to their children and listen to them: Former CJ J&K Justice Magrey

Baramulla: Continuing its combat to eradicate the social evils eating at the core of society, Human Aid Society (HAS) Kashmir – mother NGO- in collaboration with its partner non-governmental organization (NGOs) organized a day-long seminar on the theme ‘Social Reforms and Our Responsibility’ at Janbazwali auditorium of Government Boys Degree College Baramulla on Saturday in north Kashmir’s Baramulla district.

Former Chief Justice Jammu and Kashmir UT and Ladakh UT, Justice Ali Mohammad Magrey was the chief guest while Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar was guest of honor and Principal Degree College Baramulla Prof. Mohammad Farooq Rather presided over the function.

While addressing the audience, Justice Ali Mohammad Magray said, “It is the collective responsibility of every individual in the society to fight against the social evils and more responsibility lies on the shoulders of parents and religious clerics, teachers and social activists to eradicate the menaces as society is witnessing a steep rise in suicidal tendencies and drug abuse.”

Urging parents not to put their children in rat races or competitions which lead to extreme depression, Justice Ali Mohammad Magray said, “We are responsible for increasing the depression level among our children for we are putting them in such competitions which are beyond their potential level.”

Speaking on the occasion Deputy Commissioner Baramulla Dr Syed Sehrish Asgar said that stress levels are high in kids due to studies as we have put them in competition and there is performance pressure on them.

“We have to realize that every individual is born with special abilities and capabilities but we put ourselves in competitions of achievers which leads to depression. We must not give space to negative thinking, we have to face and fight the challenges,” she added.

She added that the administration is taking all possible efforts to do away with social evils including the drug menace but all individuals have to join the government in the fight against social evils. 

Earlier, renowned Islamic scholar Nisar-ul-haq Nadvi said, “For social reform, we need to change food for thought like education and social atmosphere because thinking shapes our deeds. Every individual must understand his/her aim of life as per religious perspectives.”

Head Gaint International Jagdev Singh expressed his concern over growing immorality, social evils, drug addiction, and suicidal tendencies among the young generation in Kashmir.

Renowned psychologist and former Dean Kashmir University’s Psychology Dr. Abdul Gani Madhosh said, “It is bar fact that social evils are increasing with every passing day and there is no spiritual power behind it but we as members of society are responsible and need introspection to enlighten our conscience.”

He urged people not to misuse sophisticated gadgets like mobile phones, the internet, and other unnecessary apparatus.

Earlier, Chairman Human Aid Society Bashir Ahmed Mir while welcoming the guests said, “Human Aid Society in collaboration with its partner NGOs launched this campaign to make awareness among the society that there is a rise in social evils like drug abuse and suicidal tendencies. We have to work together as our society needs moral and value reform given the increase in varied social evils and menaces.”

Taking a different view on the issue of the present state of our society, Principal Degree College Baramulla Prof. Mohammad Farooq Rather said that the future generation of Kashmir is intelligent, quick-witted, and precocious. “However, we as seniors have failed to become role models for them.”

A large number of people from a cross-section of society including teachers, students, NGO Volunteers, social activists, poets, religious scholars, and educationists participated in the seminar.


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