SILCHAR, Dec 20: As a move to fight drug menace, Jiribum based Meira Paibi, an influential Manipuri women organization, has taken the initiative to help prevent people –– young and old –– to fall prey to this dangerous addiction. This was revealed by Meira Paibi president Th Phailu Devi on the occasion of the observance of Mayai Kaba Nishave Mayoka Mikap Thokpa Numit (MKNMMTN) today.
A public meeting was also held on the occasion in order to create awareness about the effective results and serious consequences of drug use. The women organization expressed its concern over the rising number of people falling prey to drug addiction.
“Drug menace is casting its dark shadows on the urban and rural population and we are determined to eliminate this dreaded spectre as soon as possible,” said Th Phailu Devi during the awareness meet and added that the crusade would continue till the goal is achieved.
Addressing the meet as chief guest, Y Iboyaima Singh, ADC of the subdivisional town, appreciated the noble efforts of Meira Paibi and assured all help of the administration in their campaign.
This evening, women of Jiribam cutting across all caste and creed barrier took out a procession highlighting the evil effects of drug and alcohol abuse and their resolve to free the society from its evil clutches.
According to official figures, 52 people in Jiribam have been found as HIV positive of which 32 are men, 17 women and three children. The killer addiction during the last three years has claimed 11 lives. THE SENTINEL