ACTION WILL BE TAKEN AGAINST NUISANCE CREATORS: CITY SP
Friday, 02 March 2018 | PNS | Dehradun-
The superintendent of police (City) P K Rai said on Thursday that action would be taken against those found creating nuisance and playing loud music without permission from the police stations concerned during the Holi festival. “This is an imperative as the students are now preparing for Board and other exams,” he added.
A police officer of Cantt police station said that while giving permission to the residential societies for celebration of Holi festival, they are making it clear to them that no one would be allowed to create nuisance for others.
Police sources said that a meeting of the police officers with the members of various societies were recently held during which they were informed of what the police expected them to do during the festival.
Anand, a class VIII student, said that as the examination is starting from Monday he would have a restricted celebration this year. “It is true that loud music which the revellers resort to during the day disturbs studies. The step police have taken is thus good for us,” he added.
NO RESPITE FROM ADULTERATED FOOD ITEMS
The presence of adulterated food items has gone largely unchecked in the markets even as purchases of such items rise during festive occasions like Holi. Traditional sweets like Gujiya and Burfi touted as Desi Ghee preparations are quite popular among people on Holi.
Though the sweets and other food items associated with such festivities are considered an important part of the revelleries, a sample survey conducted by the Society of Pollution and Environment Conservation Scientists (SPECS) has found that a wide range of food items in the market are adulterated.
The society collected 490 samples of various food items from locations including Rajpur, Mussoorie, Doiwala, Vikasnagar,Rishikesh, Haldwani and Almora. According to the SPECS secretary BM Sharma, adulteration was found in about 85 per cent of the samples. Minimum adulteration was found in Paneer samples at 55 per cent while 100 per cent of Mustard oil samples were found to be adulterated. The need of the hour is to guard against all these.
The other items which tested positive for adulteration include sweets like Laddu, Burfi, milk cake and other items like ghee, tea leaves, clove, coffee, milk, mawa, turmeric and red chilly powder among other items.
ABUSE CASES AGAINST WOMEN, CHILDREN MAY RISE
Holi, the festival of joy and colours, is also an occasion during which instances of sexual abuse of women and children increase. The use of intoxicants like cannabis and alcohol also shoots up during the day and under their influence many retort to misconduct and physical abuse. The children bear the maximum brunt as paedophiles find the boisterous celebration, throwing of colours and overall festivity as best time to put their heinous designs into practice.
Clinical psychiatrist and Associate Professor at Government Doon Medical College (GDMC) here Dr Sona Kaushal Gupta accepted that the case of sexual abuse, molestation and sexual crime against children increases during the festival of Holi. “On pretext of applying colour on women and children, many men molest them; the intake of Bhang and liquor blurs their capacity of thinking as to what is right or wrong,’’ Advising women to be cautious while playing Holi, Dr Sona Kaushal said that they should not remain quiet when someone tries to play with their dignity. The children should also be taught about good and bad touch, she added.
“Women should be vigilant for their safety and safety of their children on this very important day.
They should be alert so that the children are kept safe, away from dirty clutches of paedophile,’’ she said.
Experts suggest that one should look for changes in the child to detect occurrence of abuse. Some of these are regressive behaviour, withdrawal and isolation from others, increased aggressiveness or hostility and sudden fear of the dark and frequent nightmares.
A retired civil servant, RCS Rawat said that the State Government should start a helpline which should be functional during the festival of Holi on which the victims of abuse can call for counselling and other legal help.
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