More children are now in conflict with law!
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Last Updated: Friday, June 14, 2013, 00:31
  
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Posing a threat to the nation’s ethos and socialization, criminal activities involving children are steadily rising in India. According to the latest edition of “Crime in India-2012” released by National Crime Records Bureau (NCRB) on June 12, 2013, crimes involving children have increased from 1.9 per cent in 2010 to 2.3 per cent in 2012.

The NCRB data on juvenile delinquency shows that children apprehended under both Indian Penal Code (IPC) and Special and Local Laws (SLL) has increased from 30,303 in 2010 to 35,123 in 2012. While the number of children in the apprehended category is rising, their overall involvement in juvenile crimes has also increased by 11.2 per cent under IPC and SLL in 2012 over the previous year.


Talking about the increasing level of violent behavior amongst teenagers, Ripan Sippy, a clinical psychologist from Delhi said, “The rebellion tendencies amongst the teenagers are so high in the recent times that I nearly have to handle four cases in a day where a teenager is involved in various instances of conduct disorders.”

NCRB data also points that a majority of juveniles are mostly involved in theft, hurting, burglary and riots. In addition to other crime heads, Preparation and assembly for dacoity (section 399-402 IPC) committed by juveniles have also registered a 178 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. While Preparation & assembly for dacoity (section 399-402 IPC) committed by juvenile was recorded at 33 in 2011, it inflated to 92 during 2012.


Talking about the increasing level of violent behavior amongst teenagers, Ripan Sippy, a clinical psychologist from Delhi said, “The rebellion tendencies amongst the teenagers are so high in the recent times that I nearly have to handle four cases in a day where a teenager is involved in various instances of conduct disorders.”

NCRB data also points that a majority of juveniles are mostly involved in theft, hurting, burglary and riots. In addition to other crime heads, Preparation and assembly for dacoity (section 399-402 IPC) committed by juveniles have also registered a 178 percent increase from 2011 to 2012. While Preparation & assembly for dacoity (section 399-402 IPC) committed by juvenile was recorded at 33 in 2011, it inflated to 92 during 2012.


Commenting on increasing involvement of girls in juvenile crime, Ranjana Kumari, Director at Centre for social research said, “The involvement of minor girls in juvenile crimes is increasing because criminal gangs involve young girls in their modus operandi to get sexual favours.”

First Published: Friday, June 14, 2013, 00:31


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