Juvenile delinquency is on the rise in Chittagong city as many minors are getting involved in serious offenses.
Sociologists, psychologists and child rights activists blamed various factors, including fragile family bonding, lack of parental care, immoral life style of elders, wrong peer group, culture of impunity and unrestrained usage of social media, for the rise of juvenile crimes that became an alarming sign for future generation.
On May 27, the police recovered throat-silt body of banker Sajal Nandi, 48, from his Dhoppur house under Bandar police station. The police arrested three boys aged between 16 and18 years in connection with the murder. The three were friends of Sajal’s son. Among them, one passed Higher Secondary School Certificate examination this year and the rest two were school students.
On May 2, a 16-year-old school student of Sunshine Grammar School was found dead in the city’s Patenga area. Although investigators made little progress in the investigation, the victim’s father suspected that her friend, son of a businessman, killed her as their affair had gone sour.
On March 11, the police arrested four 18-year boys on charges of kidnapping a seventh grader boy and demanding Tk 10 lakh in ransom from his family. The boy was rescued.
On January 16, a ninth grader of Chittagong Collegiate School was stabbed to death reportedly by some teenagers following previous rivalry.
Undoubtedly teenage crimes are increasing, said Chittagong University sociology assistant professor Muhammad Ridwan Mostafa.
Due to different reasons, people of this age group are too much emotional and short tempered and they may kill people as a part of revenge for very silly matters, he said. In most of the cases so called influential ‘elder brothers’ encourage or patronise them to commit crimes, he added.
He said that juvenile offenders were being encouraged by the culture of impunity as they were witnessing crimes in the society going unpunished.
Chittagong University psychology associate professor Mohammed Afzal Hossain blamed unrestrained use of social media for the rise in juvenile delinquency.
People are getting too much addicted to social media. Parents are busy with social media and children are following them blindly. So, parents have the most important duty to make their home a heaven for children so that they cannot search for heavenly attachment outside home, he said.
Crime begets more crimes and social imbalance is another reason for juvenile delinquency, he said, adding that young people who experienced corrupt life style of parents ultimately chose the wrong path.
Bangladesh Shishu Adhikar Forum director Abdus Shahid Mahmood said that there was no study on juvenile delinquency in Bangladesh, but evidently it was on the rise.
The state and the society have to deal with the matter seriously, he observed.
Superintendent of Chittagong district police Nure Alam Mina said that lack of parental care and availability of social media were contributing to the rise of the juvenile delinquency.
Now a day’s children seek attention from other things or other person as parents do not give enough time and attention to them and sometimes these children fail to choose right friends, he said.
Teachers also need to play important role as children pass most of the times in their educational institutions, said the police officer.
Society has an important role to play. Play grounds and school fields are shrinking day by day. The only option for children is either to pass time in social media or playing video games or watching television. Ultimately they do not have a joyful childhood. All these hamper their proper development, he said.
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