Adolescence Offence by the Upper-Class Boys in Bangladesh

Muktasha Deena Chowdhury :

Bangladesh is passing through a time when social stability is breaking down in proportion to any other time. Bangladesh is facing different types of problems like malnutrition, unemployment problem, terrorism, corruption, political violence that are signed as major and silent problem. But a social violence like adolescent crime is not silent today. It has spread top to bottom in the society. Many research shows that juvenile delinquency normally belongs to the illiterate and sometimes with low-income families in Bangladesh. Thus, adolescence offence among upper-class boys remains shrouded in mystery. So scanty is our knowledge of this group that a public image of the upper-class adolescent is non-existent, and neither the barest trace nor suspicion is available of him as delinquent. Although the hard knot of delinquency is located in the bottom levels of the working class, limited studies have revealed delinquency throughout the class structure. Thus, very little is known about the delinquency of boys who attend expensive private schools.
Dihan Anushka case is now talk of the town which is one of the revelations of adolescence offence committed by upper class boys. So, it is undoubtedly important to study Bangladeshi upper class adolescents’ involvement in different violent and criminal activities and their growing tendency to commit acts of violence in high schools and the reasons behind them.
Through observation it is found that drug addiction, sex tourism, cybercrime, violation of laws like carrying arms or driving car without license, homo sexualities are some common crimes committed by upper class boys in Bangladesh.
Survey revealed that the main reason for these criminal activities is parents’ detachment. The other reasons are low internet cost, excessive use of social media, reluctantness of law and enforcement agencies, friends’ influence etc. Now it is time to put emphasis on this issue very seriously and take necessary actions to mitigate this problem. Ethical, moral, and spiritual development of the adolescents by their parents and teachers might play an important role on bringing down these crime rate. Understanding the essentiality of cultivating adolescents’ social responsibility toward violence may be helpful in implementing a positive course of action. It may lead to more efficient allocation of time and energy to reconcile the patterns of early violence prevention that are recognized as social responsibility.
Above all the government should maintain some strategies for the prevention of adolescence offence in Bangladesh.

The writer is an Assistant Professor (Statistics), Department of Business Administration, Asian University of Bangladesh. Email: muktasha@gmail.com

 

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