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Thursday, May 17, 2012

Juvenile Crime

Shubham Shirke case highlighted the ill effects of TV serials on children as well as the need of changes in juvenile crime. State could have made amendment in Juvenile Justice Act couple of year ago when ‘Crime in Maharashtra 2009’ report by Police department had reveled increase in the number of juvenile crime, and Pune was leading with as high as 864 largest number of juveniles apprehended for IPC crimes in 2009. Was the government waiting for such cold blooded act to amend in the Juvenile Justice Act?

Shubham was kidnapped on Saturday from Dighi area and was taken to a nearby hill where he was strangled to death. The accused then made a call to his father Mahadev Shirke demanding Rs 50,000 which was later brought down to Rs 15,000, police had said.

However, Shubham was not released even after his father Mahadev paid the money to the abductors that night following the ransom call. Thereafter, the parents approached Vishrantwadi police and three arrests were made in the case.

The teenager was a student of Priyadarshini English Medium School in Bhosari area and had appeared for his Class X exam this year. Out of the arrested accused, two are minors and one has given 12th standard examination this year. One out of the three friends is a classmate of the deceased.

RR Patil’s visited to the Shirke’s family for condolences of family and relatives following the shocking incident. Patil promised the family that the government would send a proposal to the Center for amending the Juvenile Justice Act so that the age of Juvenile is reduced from 18 to 16 years. This could have done after the ‘Crime in Maharashtra 2009’ report by police department. According to Sudhir Nikam, maternal uncle of Shubham “some states in the country where the age of juveniles has been reduced considering the severity of the crimes committed by them.”

According to few lawyers in city the maximum punishment that can be awarded to two of the nabbed suspects is imprisonment for a term of three to four years because they are under-aged and are covered under the Juvenile Justice (Care and Protection of Children) Act, 2000.

These two under-aged boys will neither undergo trial in normal courts nor will they be kept in jail. They will be tried in the juvenile justice court in Yerawada and lodged at the observation home. In case, the court finds a juvenile guilty after finishing the trial, it pronounces the judgment and awards punishment according to the Juvenile Justice Act. But the punishment is not severe as the guilty juvenile is given an opportunity to improve him or herself

The incidence has also highlighted the ill effects of TV serials on children which should be taken into consideration. During the interrogation in Shirke case it is found that these suspects got the idea of abduction from the serial CID. After this Congress MLC Mohan Joshi demanded a ban on such TV programmers, arguing that they mislead viewers, especially youngsters. Home minister R R Patil assured Joshi that the state government will take up the issue with the Central government.

While asking about it City blog got varied response. Most of the people opted for not to show such programs. While talking about it Amit Jagtap, a working professional said “such investigation serials not only shoe investigation but they also provide tips by using them some criminals can commit crime. These serials shows where one criminal lacked to hide or where police got clues and this information can be used to commit crime.” On the contrary Priya Deshpande said “effect of serials is depend on viewer, what to take and what should not. If they take bad things then why don’t they take good lesson from character from ACP Pradumn and inspector Daya and Abhijeet?

Ramesh Desai said “some information should keep confidential to maintain the law and order in society. This information will provide ways to escape and will give good suggestion to escape from the law. While supporting the Desai’s statement Abhijeet Yelamkar said “TV serials are made for profit only they don’t have any social responsibility. There should be censorship on serials as well broadcast authority should take strict action on it. Nowadays parents are working to earn bread and butter which provide strong chance to get influenced and commit crime.” When talking about it Mahesh Jadhav said “We tell fairy tells and many things to children but then children takes good values of hero from them in such a way good message should be taken from such serials. Rather we should look after children whether they are in good company or not.” Adding about negative point about TV serials one Police officer on the condition of anonymity said “the blood and crime shown on TV are reducing the cardinal values of human. Children are not getting the meaning of life.”

There are many psychologists and doctors are also agreeing the fact of better parenting. Dr Vidyadhar Vatve of Pune Psychiatrist association said “With society facing a major onslaught of materialism, cardinal values seem to have been lost and thus human life had no meaning for these youngsters." Dr Manjiri Dixit, a psychiatrist, said it was improbable that the youngsters had not exhibited violence earlier, but the parents had failed to recognize the signs or ignored them.


The National Crime Record Bureau's statistics show a steady rise in the percentage of juvenile crimes out of the total crimes committed in India: 1.7 per cent in 2005, 1.9 per cent in 2006 and 2 per cent in 2007.

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