Appealing to the people not to get their daughters and sisters married to alcholic grooms, Union BJP Minister Kaushal Kishore has recalled how his son had died while addressing programme on de-addiction in the Lambhua assembly constituency in the Sultanpur district of Uttar Pradesh. His address had turned heads as he vows to conduct a campaign for making India drug-free in 2023.
Kaushal Kishore is serving as the Union Minister of State for Housing and Urban Affairs in the Modi regime and addressing the programme, he cited, "A rickshaw puller or a labourer will prove to be a better bridegroom than an alcoholic officer." Recalling his personal experience, Kishore said, "The lifespan of an alcoholic is very less. When I as an MP and my wife as an MLA could not save the life of our son, then how will the common public do so."
Kaushal Kishore further said, "My son (Akash Kishore) was into the habit of consuming alcohol with his friends. He was admitted to a de-addiction centre. Assuming that he will quit the bad habit, he was married after six months. But, he started drinking again after his marriage and that eventually led to his death. Two years ago, on October 19, when Akash passed away, his son was two years old."
"I could not save my son, due to which his wife became a widow. You must save your daughters and sisters from this", the Union Minister added. By citing India has lost more lives due to alcoholism than in the freedom movement, Kishore stated, "In the freedom movement, 6.32 lakh people had sacrificed their lives fighting the British in a span of 90 years, while due to addiction, around 20 lakh people die every year."
He noted that around 80 per cent of the cancer deaths are due to addiction to tobacco and cigarettes. He appealed to the people to be a part of the de-addiction programme and save their families. He further said in the mission of making the district addiction-free, the de-addiction programme should be taken to all schools and children should be given adequate advice against such addiction.