Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs Union of India - Supreme Court
Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs Union of India - Supreme Court Important Judgment 2016 -
On 14th December, 2016, in the case of Bachpan Bachao Andolan vs Union of India & Ors. [Writ Petition (Civil) No.906 of 2014], while addressing on the issue of drugs, alcohol and substance abuse amongst children in India, a three Judge Bench observed that “these are matters which should not be brushed under the carpet” and that the “authorities should consider how children should be sensitised (having due regard to the age and stage of the child) of the dangers of drug use, the necessity to report drug use and the need to develop resistance to prevailing peer and social pressures.”
Accordingly, the Union government was directed to (i) complete a national survey and generate a national data base within a period of six months; (ii) formulate and adopt a comprehensive national plan within four months, which will among other things also address the areas of immediate concern noted earlier; and (iii) adopt specific content in the school curriculum under the aegis of New Education Policy (NEP).