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Youngsters turning to crime for a good life

For money to buy branded clothes and to watch movies at multiplexes, to settle old scores or just to bully others, juveniles in the Capital went all out and committed the maximum number of crimes in the first three months of 2011.

delhi Updated: Apr 10, 2011 23:50 IST
Karan Choudhury

For money to buy branded clothes and to watch movies at multiplexes, to settle old scores or just to bully others, juveniles in the Capital went all out and committed the maximum number of crimes in the first three months of 2011.

Not only are they all first time culprits but the age of these new criminals is also getting younger.

From being part of notorious gangs like the burgle-and-burn gang to committing murders they are doing it all.

Take of instance the incident of March 13, when a 16-year-old school student was allegedly waylaid, mercilessly assaulted and finally stabbed to death by a gang of neighbourhood bullies-all of whom are minors- metres away from his residence in southeast Delhi's Sriniwaspuri.

Yash Singhal a class 10 student at Cambridge School had loaned Rs2,500 to one of the minors who assaulted him some weeks before the murder. He was allegedly killed when he demanded the loaned money back.

"In most of the cases we have seen so far, money is the main objective for committing crimes. When we questioned them, they all claimed that they wanted to buy branded clothes or watch movies at multiplexes," said a senior police officer on the condition of anonymity.

Police claim that juveniles these days belong to middle-class families rather than from just lower middle-class families. A 15-year-old boy who is a student of Kulachi Hansraj Model School in Ashok Vihar along with his accomplices stole six motorcycles from various areas in Delhi. The others also belong to renowned schools in the North Delhi area. All of them were arrested on April 7. The police said that the minors belong to classes 10 and 12.

"One boy's father is an electrician in Railways while another belongs to an affluent family. Another boy's father owns a small restaurant," said Rupinder Kumar, additional Deputy Commissioner of Police (North).