Showing posts from April 17, 2024

The Hidden Victims of the NDPS Act: How Residential Property Forfeiture Affects Families of Drug Traffickers

 Younus M Bhat ✉ The Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act, established in 1985, stands as a cornerstone of India’s legislative efforts to curb the drug trade and mitigate drug abuse within its borders. Central to its enforcement strategy is the practice of attaching and forfeiting properties tied to narcotics trafficking. This practice aims to incapacitate the financial operations of drug networks but also casts a wide net, impacting the families of the accused. This article delves into the ethical and social implications of property forfeiture, particularly its profound impact on the families of individuals convicted under the NDPS Act. Understanding Property Forfeiture Under the NDPS Act Under the NDPS Act, the government holds the authority to seize assets believed to be connected with narcotic-related activities. This can include homes, vehicles, businesses, and any financial assets derived from or used in drug trafficking. The legal process for such seizures invol

How a Ph.D Student landed into Jail? Story of Aaamir from Kashmir.

TVP Editorial 🖊 Aamir, a young PhD student in Biotechnology, was a curious and passionate individual who lived in a hostel at the historic Indian university campus. Surrounded by tall oaks and ivy-covered walls, Aamir was deeply interested in the amazing world of DNA and the development of new drugs. He chose to reside in the hostel to be close to his studies and the cutting-edge research facilities, as he was dedicated to his field and eager to delve into the complexities of his chosen field. Aamir had grown up in a small town, where everyone knew each other, and friendships were lifelong bonds. This upbringing instilled in him a deep trust in people, which he carried into his academic life. Among his diverse group of friends was Michael, a Christian who shared Aamir’s enthusiasm for research. Despite their different religious backgrounds, they bonded over late-night study sessions and their mutual love for classical music. For Aamir, Eid was not just a religious observance but a cel

Making Self-Defence a Mandatory Subject in Schools: A Call for National Safety

Aqib Ul Ahad Wani (Author) , Younus M Bhat  (Editor) In the increasingly growing uncertain world, where everyone fears to live a moment safely from the random goons out there. The importance of self-defence cannot be overstated — especially in countries like India, where gender violence is alarmingly prevalent. Self-defence is not just a personal skill, but a social responsibility. By investing in our safety and well-being, we can contribute to a safer and more just world for everyone. Women, often labelled as the “weaker sex,” are disproportionately targeted in such acts of violence. However, the imperative for self-defence extends beyond protecting women; it is crucial for the safety of all individuals, regardless of gender. The Rising Need for Self-Defence India, with its rising incidents of gender-based violence — many of which go unreported — faces a dire need for widespread self-defence education. Women in India are frequently victims of heinous crimes, including rape, molestatio

Hearing Hearts Amidst Gunfire

Ramraj Patel ✉ There lived a compassionate audiologist who dedicated his life to the study and treatment of sounds. His days were spent in his comfortable clinic, where he helped countless patients regain clarity amidst the silence. However, fate had other plans for him. During a time of great conflict, he was drafted into the military and forced to leave behind the peaceful ambience of his clinic. The sounds he now encountered were far from the gentle hums of his office; instead, he was surrounded by the cacophony of explosions and the heart-wrenching cries of those in need. The audiologist had to quickly adapt to his new reality, drawing on his expertise and inner strength to help those around him. In this chaotic world, he met a war journalist. She was a determined woman who had braved numerous wars to share the untold stories of those caught in the crossfires. Her mission was to peel back the layers of war, revealing the human faces behind the suffering. Each driven by their profes

Addressing COPD: The Impact of Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojana on Rural Women’s Health in Jammu and Kashmir

Dr. Arshid Bhat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) is a pressing health concern globally, especially in rural areas where traditional cooking methods using biomass fuels contribute to indoor air pollution.  The Pradhan Mantri Ujjwala Yojna, launched in 2016, aimed to address this issue by providing clean cooking fuel access to rural households, particularly targeting women. This detailed analysis delves into the impact of the Ujjwala Yojana on COPD prevalence among rural women in Jammu and Kashmir, examining its benefits, challenges, and prospects. COPD encompasses a group of progressive lung diseases, including chronic bronchitis and emphysema, characterized by airflow limitation and respiratory symptoms.  Biomass fuel combustion for cooking releases harmful pollutants like particulate matter, carbon monoxide, and volatile organic compounds, contributing significantly to indoor air pollution. Prolonged exposure to these pollutants increases the risk of developing COPD, leadi