Preventing teens from going astray

9 September, 2019 12:00 AM printer

It is a matter of worry that organised teen-age gangs are proving more and more violent in recent times in the city and elsewhere in the country. The society is increasingly becoming burdened with the groups of criminals, though most of their members do not have any criminal record. Many young minds are getting polluted due to bad company and violent TV serials or movies showing members of such notorious gangs. After several high profile crimes by the miscreants, law enforcers have taken the right decision at the right time to uproot the teen-age gangs and other such organised crime gangs from society.

 According to the law enforcers, the enmity between teen-age groups often competing for establishing supremacy over the other or drawing respect from peers or peer group(s) is nothing new. Clashes often ensue over the show of mere muscle power which turns violent as they do not know where to stop and show restrain; at a stage, they dabble in criminal activities.

Most teen-age criminals grow up in higher and upper-middle-class families due to lack in proper upbringing. A significant percentage of individuals in the country who are aged between 15 and 29 years are school dropouts and most of them are not involved in any income-generating activities. Experts believe that the high number of teenage criminal groups is early ramifications of these frustrated youth population.

Mainly due to lack of opportunity to get involved in productive activities and thereby to prove their worth in society have contributed to today's chilling reality of teen-age gangs. Many schools and families fail to nurture young people with due lessons of discipline, moral teachings and social values. As a result, they fill the void with the anti-social activities.

 Almost all of those who are involved in teen-age violence use social media platforms to get united and organise a crime. We came to know how the much-talked-about 'Bond 007' group organised the murder in broad daylight in Barguna.

The government's recent initiative to stop school and college-goers from using Facebook is thus pragmatic. But banning social media in schools is not enough. They must be monitored by their guardians and cyber cafes must not allow their facilities to be used by those under 18.

It is urgent to address the root causes as to why and how the teen-age gang culture is flourishing and take actions urgently to save our society from degenerating.