Saturday, 26 November, 2022

Ominous rise of youth gang culture

Despite action from law enforcement agencies against it, the practice of teen gang culture is increasing gradually. According a report of this daily, over 50 juvenile gangs, consisting of 10-15 members in each group, are currently active in the capital. They are involved in different criminal activities including robbery, murder, eve-teasing, rape and drug trade. The number is arguably much higher than these lists in the capital and the number of such groups outside the capital is still unknown. That a section of teenagers is mastering the art of villainy, neglecting social norms and values at the age when they were supposed to be busy with studies, games and sports and cultural activities have  turned out to be a serious concern.

The teenage mind is always enthusiastic and loves getting recognised by people around them. While some adolescents try to get it by doing something acceptable in our society and some others think differently. The latter group opts to declare their ‘strong existence’ by leading a carefree life, especially after closely observing our radically changed social environment: increasing trends of violence, decaying morality, patronising wealth and muscle power, etc. Taking the advantage of this teenage psychology, some criminals, including drug dealers and political leaders, offer these adolescents advantages and back them in their choices.

These youths are picked by the godfathers as adolescents are easily convinced of doing any crime, and teens, if arrested, are granted bail easily in absence of provision for penalising the teens and in consideration of the crime as juvenile delinquency. Thus, it becomes the best investment for the godfathers that benefits them in the long run. On the other hand, while many affluent families spend less time and do not know about the activities of their children, the poor one may be afraid of the wicked child or somehow enjoy the unexpected power and influence of their children. These sorts of attitudes actually allow and indirectly encourage the youths.

Nevertheless, the problem is too little to be ignored, and the measures to tackle the youth gang culture require more comprehensive efforts rather than just bringing criminals to book. The culprits who patronise these teens must also be punished. However, the most crucial part of helping a child to be a good adult lies with their family— the primary institution of all education. We must not let the youth gang culture flourish.