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Need for criminal justice was not felt as long as people were God fearing: HC
5/19/2018 11:33:23 PM
Early Times Report

Srinagar, May 19: Observing that as long as human beings were God fearing and had faith that their actions were being watched by the Almighty the need for the administration of criminal justice was not felt, the state High Court dismissed a petition.
"…Evolution of mankind from primitive stage to the stage of social welfare State, the administration of criminal law assumed great importance. As long as human beings were Godfearing and had faith that their actions were being watched by the Almighty the need for the administration of criminal justice was not felt," a bench of Justice Sanjeev Kumar while dismissing a plea filed by one Farooq Ahmad Dar of Lachipora Handwara against detention order under PSA and ordering his lodgment in Central Jail, Srinagar.
However, the court said, with the passage of time and the people becoming more materialistic, a section of the society consisting of misguided and disgruntled human beings lost faith in the Almighty and started thinking that their actions could not be seen by anybody. "These misguided persons indulged in criminal activities which led to the necessity for administration of criminal justice. In addition, the activities to be termed as criminal activities have also undergone change with the passage of time.
What was regarded not harmful fifty years ago has become the greatest evil of the day in view of changed circumstances, new researches, new thinking and modern way of life."
The case related to illicit trafficking of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances. "The drug problem is a serious threat to public health, safety and well-being of humanity. Our global society is facing serious consequences of drug abuse and it undermines the socioeconomic and political stability and sustainable development."
Due to India's close proximity with major opium growing areas of the region, the court observed that India was facing serious menace of drug trafficking and as a spillover effect, drug abuse especially among the youth is a matter of concern for us.
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