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Rich brats turning fast and furious

Drug abuse, murder, rape. A rich brat has done it all. But who's to be blamed? Sidhi Chadha finds out. Your stand?

india Updated: Jun 08, 2006 16:49 IST

From drug abuse to mowing down people to raping, there's nothing that a rich brat hasn't done. While Fardeen is stuck in a drug-related case, Abhishek Kasliwal of the Sriram Mills' family was charged with raping an old lady. Vikas Yadav, Sanjeev Nanda, Manu Sharma, and more recently Rahul Mahajan too, have attained notoriety.

What's common between all these accused? They all come from wealthy backgrounds and have the "who cares?" attitude in plenty — enough to make them believe they are above the law. But who is to be blamed?

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Abhishek Kasliwal: The son of the Shreeram Mills' owner was arrested for raping a 52-year-old woman.

Manu Sharma: The brat of Haryana minister Vinod Sharma is accused of shooting ramp model Jesscia Lal in 1990.

Fardeen Khan: Stuck in a drug-related case since 2001. Latest news is that a special court has rejected his petition to amend the chargesheet filed against him.

Vikas Yadav: Son of Rajya Sabha MP DP Yadav is accused of abducting and later killing Nitish Kataria.

Sanjeev Nanda: Son of international arms dealer Suresh Nanda and grandson of former Chief of Naval Staff Admiral Nanda had mowed down with his car seven people in the capital.

Theatre artiste and socialite Sita Raina says, "I personally think that life for the newly rich means alcohol and flamboyant lifestyle and that is where the problem lies. We have really lost our soul. Who are we trying to ape? The West? Rich people are looking for outside sources for happiness and it's not just the rich people. Another problem is that the society is getting depleted. Even in Rahul Mahajan case, it all started from drinking. There is no end to all such things. We need to get real now. Our foundation needs to be strong with spiritual grounding which should start at the academic level itself."

While Raina suggests that well-off youngsters need to firm their grounding, designer Siddharth Tytler, the affable son of Jagdish Tytler, has no qualms in admitting that rich kids becoming brats is a childhood problem.

"I would say rich sons or daughters are not to be blamed. I move in the social circuit too and I know the truth. Parents are the culprits too to an extent. It all starts from childhood. Making kids learn what's good, what's bad and also discipline is the key. If parents don't take charge of their kids, who will? On the positive side, one should also see 10,000 other youngsters who are not getting into such things," says Siddharth.