The Dombivli murder has once again raised the issue of juvenile involvement in serious offences. According to the National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) of India, Maharashtra topped the country in the number of murders committed by juveniles in 2011.
According to NCRB, juveniles committed 145 murders in the state in 2011. Madhya Pradesh came second with 112 murders while Uttar Pradesh reported 81 murders by juvenile delinquents.
Experts say that social integration and a sociological debate on the issue are necessary to deal with the budding trend.
“I think Maharashtra has the highest urban population in India. There are several immigrants who stay here without families. There is no social integration and the aberration in the behavior of people can be seen in the statistics,” said MN Singh, former commissioner of police, Mumbai.
Nandini Sardesai, a leading sociologist, said juvenile delinquency could be blamed on a many factors, including failure of families and education system in inculcating values in children, overt exposure to violence via media, peer group pressure, and a sense of bravado that minors receive after committing such crimes.”
Singh said: “When policemen question people for promiscuity, the society calls it moral policing. I think there are a lot of double standards and society, as a whole, is suffering for them.”
Shubhangi Parkar, a psychiatrist said: “We need to look at the accused’s background – if they were abused as children, if there was parental disharmony or if they were exposed to crimes.”