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Alcohol: A menace for teenagers

Posted by Ramesh Khati on July 10, 2009

KURSEONG, 9 JULY: The growing menace of alcohol consumption and practice of immoral activities among school children in the Darjeeling hills is causing serious concern among the parents, teaching community and the society in general.
Teenagers these days are often seen binging in the parks and gardens quite openly in addition to the restaurants and hotels, indifferent to the reaction they are causing in the society.
As a proof of the point, the police in Kurseong arrested some teenaged school students from a hotel on Tuesday when they were creating nuisance in an inebriated state.
The Gorkha Jan Pustakalay-Kurseong, secretary, Mr LD Moktan admitted the degenerating trend among the youngsters and said this was very worrisome. “There is no immediate solution to the trend. It is the result of aping the West. The sartorial sense and lifestyle of today’s youth is strange. The parents, social organisations and school authorities must inculcate discipline in them or the society will have to pay a price,” he said.
Mr Moktan said that they were planning to form an organisation to spread awareness among the parents, which should in turn help the youth.
Another senior citizen, Mr GB Bal said that the parents must take the responsibility to keep their children from going astray.
“Unfortunately, most parents do not keep a track of their children’s activities and so the corrective measures are not coming,” he pointed out.
The trend is causing worry in the Gorkha Jan Mukti Morcha as well. “The teenagers these days are flouting the standard norms of the society and indulging in activities the society does not approve of.
“The GJMM women wing would soon take up the matter. It is lined up for discussion,” said Mrs Prabha Chhetri, the GJMM Kurseong core committee member.
Equally disturbed with the growing trend among the teenagers, the Kurseong SDPO, Mr Rakesh Singh, said: “The administration is doing everything in its capacity to curb alcoholism and disgraceful activities among the teenagers but the society and individuals must also play their own roles and be responsible citizens.”

Source: The Statesman


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