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Peer pressure stokes kids’ criminal intentions: Experts

Saturday, 19 May 2012 - 6:28pm IST | Place: Ahmedabad | Agency: dna

Ahmedabad-based psychologists warn parents against such unlawful behaviour among teens.

The arrest of teenagers involved in damaging cars at night have sent a chilling message across parent circles of impending waywardness from wards owing to peer pressure. Psychologists, who believe that these teens are just one step away from becoming hard core criminals, have sent warning signals among all parents to nip destructive mentality in its bud.

In their view, if the energy is not channelised in other positive aspects, these kids will become criminals in the future.

Expressing his concern, Dr Prashant Bhimani, consulting psychologist, believe that the acts of biker gang teens are initial symptoms of criminal psychopathic behaviour, which is the first step towards becoming hardened criminals.

"It is also sadism, where they enjoy hurting others. However, they are also cowards from inside, that is why they were hiding after doing the crime. I believe that peer group pressure is the main cause behind such acts" said Bhimani. He believes that peers aka friend circle greatly influences their decision making. "To be in their group, they willingly or unwillingly involve themselves. If they don't, they fear that they might lose their friends" said Bhimani.

Expressing similar concern, Gaurang Jani, a prominent sociologist, believes that it is just the tip of an ice berg. "If 20 were caught for such rowdy acts, it means that 2,000 such teens are 'thinking' to do the same. If we don't keep them busy in some positive work, they tend to divert," said Jani, who believes that education system is not doing enough to divert them. "During vacations, these teens have nothing to do, so they take up such negative activity. If our colleges and schools arrange some vacation-based programmes for them, we can prevent them from turning in to criminals" said Jani.

According to him, these teens are also misled by the images and news of criminals who come out of jail with smiling faces. "They want to prove themselves or create a sensation. They are also not having any fear of law, as they see criminals coming out from jail smiling. Since they don't have anything to prove or do which can make others notice them, they turn to crime to be in news" said Jani, who also blames our education system, which rarely focuses on teaching leadership skills or life skills.

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