A Sessions court here has suggested that drug-traffickers need to be sensitised about the “pain and agonies” suffered by drug addicts and their families by facilitating their periodic visits during imprisonment to hospitals and drug de-addiction centres.

Additional Sessions Judge Narinder Kumar made the suggestion while sentencing a drug trafficker, who was caught while in possession of over two kg of charas in 2010, to ten years of rigorous imprisonment and a fine of Rs.1 lakh under the Narcotic Drugs and Psychotropic Substances (NDPS) Act.

“Although the convict has been sentenced to rigorous imprisonment as provided by the NDPS Act, this court finds that such convicted drug traffickers also need to be sensitised about the ill-effects or narcotic drugs in which they deal so as to give a jolt to their conscience, by making them feel and realise how many persons suffer at their hands because of consumption or intake of narcotic drugs and psychotropic substances, which they supply,” Mr. Kumar said.