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Acquittal of criminals gives rise to crime: Shrink

Thursday, 6 December 2012 - 2:00am IST | Place: Mumbai
Following the gruesome murder of 19-year-old Santosh Vichivara in Dombivli, Dr Harish Shetty, a psychiatrist, attempts to deconstruct the mindset of young people behind these criminal acts.

Following the gruesome murder of 19-year-old Santosh Vichivara in Dombivli, Dr Harish Shetty, a psychiatrist, attempts to deconstruct the mindset of young people behind these criminal acts. “One major reason is the thought of ‘might is right’; they get influenced by the growing number of acquittals even after committing crimes.”   

Dr Shetty also said that in this particular case, the sense of rejection following their advancement towards a girl, could also be a reason. “There is a need to stop these juvenile crimes. And to do this, a connect between the adults and parents or school teachers and the children is an absolute necessity. These children are not stable emotionally and this leads to their anger and resentment towards social norms.”      

Another psychiatrist, Dr Shubhangi Parkar, said: “We need to look into the background of these boys to figure out the reason of such crimes. The cause of such an action is often their upbringing — like if they have been brought up in an aggressive and undisciplined atmosphere and have gone through emotional
blows themselves. The solution is to instil the value of life and education in them and to give them good guidance. They ought to be made to realise that they are an integral part of society.”




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