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Adolescents in gang culture

Published : Thursday, 13 September, 2018 at 12:00 AM Count : 693
Rawnak Miraj

From the early sixties to eighties, we used to see many gang fights among the gangs of Dhaka city. This very culture has always been about domination and becoming respected as well as powerful. Gang members at the early eighties were usually from the poor college going students who had low self-esteem. Through becoming a gang member or gang leader they cherished respect and fear of the other members of the society.
It's very hard to accept that teens at such an age when they are supposed to be acquainted with studies, research and sports are getting involved in gangs and in some cases they are forming gangs. The actual reason why those teens tried to join those gangs is the psychological and social conditions surrounding them. And such culture is increasingly practised in the country nowadays which is very shocking. We have to think twice and thrice of why has such a culture grown up?
Teenagers are the most ignored or misunderstood generation in our society. And yet as the biological change and hormonal changes take place in between the age of 13-19, every single teen undergoes a very fast psychological change.
Adnan Kabir, a student of class 9 was killed in Uttara in consequence of the conflict between his gang `Nine star` and his rival gang  `Disco boyz` on  6th January 2017. He was critically injured and later whisked off to a local hospital where he died afterwards in. In Jatrabari, a pre-teen boy, aged 12 was stabbed to death in front of his house while playing. This killing took place because of gang disputes. And most recently we have seen another incident of a similar nature where an adolescent boy named Mehedi Hasan was murdered in consequence of altercation between the gangs.
Some statistics show that almost 15 murders have been committed by the teenagers around the Dhaka city in the last 6 years and it is hackle-tingling. Almost 516 teenagers were enlisted as criminals by the Dhaka Metropolitan Police (DMP). Many of the residential and aristocrat areas from Dhaka city are the den of these child gangs.
Most of the time, these gangs get grown from the school level, the initial or preliminary stage of gang thoughts.
What are the reasons for such heinous culture's ramification in our country? There may be several reasons, Inadequate supervisory control is the first and foremost reason. Family as the primary social institution teaches us the basic social and moral values in one's inside. It creates a general control mechanism in ourselves which helps us to refrain from joining such unsocial immoral activities. And the lack of such mechanism may result in gruesome deviance. Greed for power is another target of these growing teenagers.
Negative emotional influence of juvenescence creates an extreme feeling of showing off power and guts in the mind of the teens. This extra emotion makes them lose the sense of right and wrong in most of the cases, they want to achieve everything at the same time and together which leads them to join such gangs.
Abuse of internet and multimedia can draw an intention of aberration inside a teenager which he is really not aware of. We can draw many solutions but the most important one is that more friendly behaviour and closeness towards the teens can save them from the clutches of such a deadly culture. They need extra care and extra affection from the seniors.
In general, the teenage years are the most vulnerable period for any human being due to various psychological disorders, depression, violence and all that. This is also the age of experiencing a lot of new emotions, intellectuality and creativity. So, they need proper education, counselling and that`s how we will be able to stop them from joining or building gangs. Towards a new generation with the hope of light, we have always expected the youth to hold the flare in their hands. We cannot just let this generation to get destroyed and lag our country thousands of miles behind. Your little care and a little affection can make a tad's future bright, don't step backwards.
Rawnak Miraj is a student of law at University of Dhaka

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