Keep an eye on our young people
The Home Minister has requested the parents to keep an eye on their children as they might get involved in teenage gangs. He also advised the parents to be strict on their children and not allow them to stay outside in late hours - they have to be more serious on studies instead of getting indulged in drugs, politics and hooliganism. All his points are practical and important to safeguard our youths' of today.
However, teenage hoodlums have become a talk of the town as of late. And it is a worrying trend to have triggered a series of lynching and mob beatings in the last few months. According to law enforcement agencies, at least 50 youth gangs are operating in the capital city. The gang members are involved in several types of crimes, ranging from mugging, stalking, hijacking, extortion, drug trading, abuse, and so on. Shockingly, they engage in killing, being hired by other criminals as well. These undercover gangs have been executing their crimes under several banners such as 'Talachabi', 'Power Boys', 'Disco Boys', 'Big Boss', 'Nine Star', and 'Nine MM Boys'.
Criminology experts blame easy access to cash, unrestricted access to the internet and social media, and freely roaming about in anywhere to be the main causes behind the proliferation of such criminal activities among the teens. In tuned with the criminologists, the intellectuals are also suspecting that teenagers are engaged in such crimes mainly due to the inattentiveness in their families. The society, school authorities, and the community are failing to offer them constructive and character building guidelines. Thus, they are driven to experiment with exciting but abominable crimes besides abusing drugs.
Therefore, a question involuntarily arises - are we failing our youths'? However we must identify the masterminds who are exploiting their immaturity and innocence while turning them into hooligans. It is important to hit in the 'head' not the 'toe', of the sinister syndicates from exploiting our youngsters.
People assisting and engaging several youth gangs must be brought under the law. It is good to know that the government has been working against terrorism and drugs following a zero tolerance policy. Finally, it is also our collective responsibility to save this generation from drug abuse and committing crimes and lynching by forming gangs. Lastly, we can say that proper monitoring from the families, school authorities, communities, and also from political platforms may help control the situation. Building awareness among parents is the key to solving the problem.