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Presidency Univ ex-prof’s antidote to crime

Sanchari Chatterjee, Hindustan Times  Kolkata, June 27, 2013
First Published: 11:53 IST(27/6/2013) | Last Updated: 13:00 IST(27/6/2013)

The rising incidence of rapes in the state has now prompted a city-based sociologist to come up with an initiative to address the factors leading to the crime. Former professor of Presidency University Samit Kar is starting a six-month training course on human values and community feeling among citizens from August this year. The course is based on a book on urban sociology authored by him.

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“We will start a training programme for 140 applicants and will try to rebuild the lost community feeling among them over a period of six months. The rise in rape cases all over the state is nothing but the result of the growing depression and perversion in society,” said Kar, who has authored the book, ‘Urban Sociology: Critical Perspectives of City Life’.

Kar added that the course would be open to all and an advertisement would be brought out before August in this regard. The participants would, however, be chosen on the basis of their abilities to motivate their community against such crimes by applying what they have learnt.

The classes would be held at the training institute of a nationalised bank in Salt Lake and Kar, along with his associates from the Ramkrishna Mission and other professors, would deliver the lectures.

“Problems such as depression, loneliness coupled with social evils such as addiction, substance abuse are not just restricted to city life, but they are also seen in villages these days. We are planning to take the group to the villages so that they can compare themselves with the villagers and see the precarious condition that the latter live in,” said Kar who hopes this exercise would help city folks get over their depression.

Incidentally, there have been widespread protests over the recent spate of rape-murders in Bengal. The Gaighata, Kamduni and Murshidabad incidents show that crime against women is on the rise in the state.

Meanwhile, Kar has submitted his resignation as an associate professor of sociology at Presidency University as he is unable to cope with new trends at the varsity such as the change in dynamics in the student-teacher relationship. “I want to get back my job as a government college teacher as I am unable to cope with the changes at Presidency. My physical disability is another problem. I have nothing against the university,” said the 51-yearold who has lost his eyesight owing to age.

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