As-Sunnah Vol. 2 Issue No. 3


CONSUMERISM causes people, especially teenagers to resort to Crime for Money

Teens murder for money
MUMBAI: The alarming spurt in killing for cash by middle-class school students notched its latest victim on Wednesday when two teenage robbers stabbed a Bhayandar housewife to death.

In the last month, eight school kids have been found involved in murder cases.

With cash being the primary motive for the killings, worried educationists are looking at ways to reinforce value education in the school curriculum, while an alarmed police force is planning a series of interactive sessions in schools.

Arundhati Chavan, president of the PTA United Forum, says that money seems to have become the main priority for children living in a society increasingly dominated by consumerism. 'The need to own branded goods is all that the kids see on TV, among their peers and even in their families.'' Recent incidents are testimony to Chavan's statement.

In the Bhayander case, the teenagers, *** and ***, killed a housewife because they wanted money to buy a motorbike. And on May 15, ***, a class IX student of St Xavier's School in Kanjur Marg, kidnapped a classmate for a Rs 5 lakh ransom. When the extortion bid failed, he murdered his classmate.

‘Consumerism, lack of love leading to teen crime spurt’

Child Welfare Committee chairman and noted child psychologist Hiranmoy Saha says, 'Whatever comes to light (of crime committed by teenagers) is only a small fraction of the reality. The actual picture is far worse. There are many teenagers, including some from educated and rich families, who are engaged in crime,'

Sociologists say there is an effort on the part of law-enforcers, lawyers and parents of delinquent juveniles to suppress facts out of sympathy. This prevents a reflection of the true picture. Social scientist Pradip Chakraborty feels, 'An all pervasive consumerism has led to a social imbalance. The needs of a child in the 1970s cannot be matched with those of a child now. A teenager now wants motor-cycle, top brand sunglasses and designer wear. If parents ignore the child's need or fail to fulfill it, he or she takes a route which often leads to the path of crime.'
Coupled with a strong wave of consumerism, there is a sharp erosion of values, which has blurred the barrier between good and bad, said another psychologist. 'Corrupt practices which were inconceivable earlier, have gained acceptance in our daily life. There is a cascading effect on children,' Chakraborty explained.KRISHNENDU BANDYOPADHYAY - TIMES NEWS NETWORK[ THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 27, 2003]

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