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As part of your probationary training of IPS, you’re posted as the SHO of a town notorious for drug menace. The drug trade is quite widespread and has majorly affected the youth. The drug dealing happens in a lot of areas and there is shortage of police personnel to control it. The police do prevent some crimes and make some arrests but are over-burdened immensely.

Topic: Case Study.

7. As part of your probationary training of IPS, you’re posted as the SHO of a town notorious for drug menace. The drug trade is quite widespread and has majorly affected the youth. The drug dealing happens in a lot of areas and there is shortage of police personnel to control it. The police do prevent some crimes and make some arrests but are over-burdened immensely.

Not only is the drug menace gripping the city, there are often violent clashes among rival gangs which cause a lot of bloodshed. The widespread network of drug peddlers often harasses common citizens and local businesses alike. Many have chosen to either leave town or shut businesses.

There is a lot of pressure on the administration to control the menace as it is slowly choking the town. The local MLA calls for meeting and proposes a radical plan to tackle the problem. MLA says the police to issue an “unofficial” diktat that all drug related activities to be moved an abandoned area. In this designated area, they could conduct the illicit activities and asks you to turn a blind eye as long as they do not indulge in violence.

It’s nothing short of legalizing drugs which allows a free pass for drug peddling in that abandoned area. When you try to reason with the MLA against this, he responds that in any case the drug trade cannot stopped but with this plan they can regulate it. This will reduce the bloodshed considerably and put a stop to harassment of common people altogether and normal businesses of town can function normally.

The social workers present at the meeting says this plan may help them narrow down and identify addicts, pass information regarding safe use of syringes to prevent HIV and convince them to join rehabilitation program. This was not possible earlier as the peddling was widespread.

You are still not convinced with the plan and further reason with the MLA but he sternly reminds you that he is an MLA of the ruling party and you’re just a probationer yet.

What will be your course of action? Justify. (250 words)

Difficulty level: Moderate

Why the question:

The question is part of the static syllabus of General studies paper – 4 and part of ‘Case Study Fridays’ in Mission-2022 Secure.

Introduction:

Begin by laying out the context of the case study and evil of drug menace.

Body:

Note down all the relevant stakeholders and ethical issues in the case study.

Mention about the possible courses of action such as starting from accepting the radical plan in its entirety to totally rejecting. Analyse the pros and cons of such actions.

Then mention the course of action you would take which is ethically as well as legally justified but also solves the issue of drug menace. Analyse its pros and cons. Also, mention how you will tackle any ramifications emerging out of it.

Conclusion:

Conclude by summarizing the morally justified solution and positive way forward.