Addiction ‘most widespread social threat in capital’

TEHRAN, Jan. 04 (MNA) – The head of Tehran City Council Social Commission has said addiction is the most widespread social threat in the city.

Hojjatoleslam Abdolmoqim Nasehi told Mehr News on Saturday that the Commission had identified 24 ‘widespread threats’ in Tehran so far; “the type of addiction is drastically different when we move from northern well-off regions to southern less privileged outskirts; it is the most disturbing social threat, with poverty, labor children, run-away women, and beggars follow the suit in adding to the plights of the people living in a city of 8 and so million,” Nasehi said.

On the homeless organization attempts, Nasehi said that the Municipality was the main body responsible, and State Welfare Organization would be the direct authority to organize the homeless and address the issue.

“The shelters provided by the Municipality houses about 5,000 homeless, but a more essential solution should address the vexing issue of the city, and now the number of the homeless is increasing,” he emphasized. “The majority of homeless people are addicts; addiction is the most widespread threat in the capital; the poor and the people who come to capital form far-flung regions of the country who has nowhere to stay at nights, also poses another source of demand for such Municipality shelters,” he added.

On the possible use of mosques to provide shelter for the homeless and the addict, Nasehi said that other responsible authorities would decide, but added that mosques had always hosted the people; “however, the prestige and the place of the mosques should be lent due attention as a place of worship,” said the head of Social Commission.

“Mosques also have served the addicts and those with family conflicts as sources of benevolent counselling; we established a committee on this possible role of the mosques, with State TV and Radio Broadcasting, Municipality, Police, and the Judiciary sending their representatives to the committee,” Nasehi added, saying that the Capital’s Atlas of Social Damages would be unveiled by the end of current Iranian year, March 21.

 

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