Combat teen gang culture: IGP

Staff Correspondent

12 January, 2021 12:00 AM printer

Inspector General of Police (IGP) Dr Benazir Ahmed has said the teen gang culture has posed a major obstacle to building an enlightened nation.

He underscored the need for strong resistance against this scourge.

The IGP made the statements at a programme marking the birth centenary of Father of the Nation Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujibur Rahman at Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) headquarters in the capital on Monday. A total of 50 impoverished children were provided with books, certificates and some other things.

Benazir Ahmed said, “We cannot accept that the future of children will be ruined due to the teen gangs. Families, society and everyone must come forward to save them.”

It is the responsibility of parents to teach their children about ethics and values, he said.

“In our country, those who are under 18 are called children. As per law, if any child commits offences, he or she will have to be arrested in the presence of a probation officer. But how many probation officers are there in our country? We do not know where the probation officers are.

“Earlier, lawmen could conduct mobile courts against members of teen gangs, but it’s not possible now.

“So, only the family and social resistance can combat the teen gang culture,” said the IGP.

Director General of the RAB Chowdhury Abdullah Al-Mamun presided over the programme while senior RAB officers were present on the occasion.