Love for branded clothes, booze and comfortable lifestyle has pushed juveniles in SAS Nagar into different kinds of crimes.
As many as 23 out of 63 juveniles arrested last year were involved in thefts and robberies and their number has doubled what it was in 2012.
Experts in the fields of sociology, psychology and even those in police consider this rising number of juveniles in crime as disturbing.
Meanwhile for similar crimes, eight and 16 juveniles were arrested in 2012 and 2013 respectively.
Commenting on the figures, SAS Nagar senior superintendent of police (SSP) Gurpreet Singh Bhullar said, “We cannot say that the number of juveniles being arrested for different crimes has gone really up. But yes, there is a rise which should not be there.”
“Most of the juveniles were arrested for thefts, for which they confessed that it was for comfortable lifestyle they got involved in such crimes,” Bhullar said.
There have been examples where those arrested stole only clothes and cash.
A group of juveniles was arrested by the police who used to attack locked houses.
They used to get into houses using vents and tried their hands on clothes and stole the clothes that fit them best.
Meanwhile, two were arrested for being involved in murder and five were arrested for attacking someone with sharp-edged weapons and were booked under Section 323 and 324 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).
Experts from the field of sociology and psychology term the trend as disturbing. Commenting on the trend, prof emeritus at Panjab University (PU) Jitendra Mohan said, “The trend is very disturbing. I will say that petty crimes are linked to big crimes. Exposure to media has lured these youngsters to commit crimes to have things that they cannot afford due to their social strata. We need to have strict laws and also institutions where they could be reformed. Even the juvenile homes today need reformation.”
Head of sociology department at Panjab University (PU), Chandigarh, Kiranpreet Singh said, “Expectations among children is on the rise. There is no dearth of information these days.”
“Relations are maintained through Facebook rather than face-to-face interaction. Pressure on kids is ever rising, pushing them into crimes for relieving their frustration that comes to their mind after looking at comforts of others around them,” Kiranpreet Singh said.