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Q: What can be done to tackle the rising crime in the country?
This is the first instalment of readers’ response

Check migration to curb crime

Poverty, migration, unemployment, frustration, starvation, illiteracy, nepotism and inflation are the major factors that stoke crime in India. Then, there is the desire to become rich overnight, and to adopt Western values. People are increasingly becoming materialistic. Resorting to crime is the shortcut to riches.

The Ministry of Home Affairs should frame a policy to check migration across our borders and penalise those providing fake ration cards and voter I-cards to the illegal migrants.

Migrants indulge in criminal activities when they find it difficult to make ends meet in an alien country. They often end up in the gangs carrying out political crimes for leaders who provide them with ration cards and voter I-cards in exchange. Since lack of education and unemployment also contribute to the rising crime rate in the country, the Ministry of Human Resource Development should amend the education policy, giving more weight to technical education, which will equip our young people better for the job market.

The Finance Ministry should also come forward with loans for the unemployed youth so that they do not resort to criminal activities out of frustration. Additional powers should be given to the police force to nab criminals as fast s possible. The media should play its role in bringing awareness among the people. Also, political parties should stop giving tickets to persons with criminal record.

SIMMI MOHINDRU, Jalandhar City


Suppression is not always the best way of curbing crime. Instead, the social, economic and political roots of crime must be destroyed. A major factor that has contributed towards the rapid increase in crime rate is the abrupt migration from villages to cities.

This has caused irreparable damage by breaking down the joint family system (the basic institution for ingraining moral, ethical and spiritual values). We should create adequate avenues in the rural areas to check this human migration.

Our education system should stress upon learning rather than become a medium to get employment. Each of us should understand our social responsibilities in curbing this evil within and around us rather than looking for solutions from others and elsewhere.

The individualistic approach to life is the price we are paying for so-called materialistic advancement of today and this is the root cause of increasing crime rate in India.

RAVISH, Patiala


The deluge of migrant labourers in northern states, especially Punjab, has led to a spate of murders, thefts, robberies and other criminal acts. The migrant labourers come to these states in search of work, but most of them take to robbery and dacoity, thanks to the “congenial environment” provided to them by the police.

There is no effective regulation on the inflow of thousands of migrants moving in and out of Punjab. They find it very easy to mercilessly kill people after robbing them and then sneaking their way back home. Fast-track courts should be set up to try such criminals, so that stringent punishment provided to them could act as a deterrent to others. Capital punishment should be given in cases of murder, where culpability of the offence has been established beyond doubt.



Modernise the police

Statistics would show that a large segment of offenders comprised the poor, illiterate and unskilled. Such offenders are seen to be victimised twice: once, when they are denied their basic human needs and, again, when they are grilled in the mill of criminal justice for having infringed the law.

The other breeds of criminals are the well-proportioned people, white-collar criminals, drug smugglers, immoral traffickers, cyber-criminals and terrorists. To tackle this augmented orb of crime, we have to cast off centuries-aged methods and to use up-to-date tools for each separate class of crooks.

For have-not criminals, policies for poverty alleviation will have to be vigorously pursued in the light of various civil, political, economic, social and cultural rights under the Constitution. We should fight contemporary crimes by setting up technical-operation directorates equipped with modern accouterment, technologies and techniques to enable front-line police officials to prevent and investigate crime, enforce the law, operate in a safe and secure environment, and protect us against terrorism.

Training of law enforcement agencies should be with a fresh approach. Social justice, regard for the human rights of offenders and rigorous punishments for hardened criminals and terrorists will form a holistic and realistic strategy against crime.


Reform the education system

The ever-increasing crime indicates degradation of moral and social values. The ancient saints had created certain type of taboos, including religious fears, to keep the man out of criminal activities. Even today, most people do believe in religion, but for reasons unknown, religious teachings and taboos no longer hold bar against the commitment to crime.It is a well-known fact that crime cannot be eliminated fully from society; however, it can be minimised if the following time-bound measures are initiated sincerely: Firstly, the police vigilance should be increased and the police force should be augmented, if need be.

The police force should do its job sincerely and honestly. The government should generate more jobs and fill the vacant posts to wean away the unemployed youth from criminal activities.

Thirdly, the political leaders should set personal examples of honesty and sincerity to earn the respect of the people. The prevailing “politician-bureaucracy-criminal” nexus should be broken ruthlessly. Last, but not the least, the education system should be reformed by including some morality and discipline-based subjects, particularly at the primary level. This is to instill the spirit of honest living and spiritual outlook into the minds of the younger generation.

Brig CHARAN SINGH (retd), Una

Population needs to be cut

The alarming rise in the crime rate is a very sensitive issue, which is linked with the future of every citizen. Before applying any particular measure to tackle the problem, the government should first check the rapid growth of population. Since overpopulation increases unemployment, it has a direct impact on the crime rate. The government should generate more employment opportunities to restrain today’s youth from taking to crime. Unfortunately, our unstable political system only adds to the problem. The approach of the electronic media is also to be blamed. The way TV channels sensationalise even petty criminal acts often encourages youngsters to take the wrong path for making a quick buck.To bring down the crime rate, the government should frame certain practical policies and monitor their implementation with an iron hand. There should not be any discrimination while executing these measures. At the same time, these policies should be flexible in nature so that these can be modified as and when the situation demands.

S. K. NAYAR, Panchkula

Spread awareness against crime

The crime profiles of all kinds can be changed by a concrete plan of action with a strong political will and sense of responsibility by one and all. The vicious circle of crime is the major hurdle in the process of development—economic, social, technological, environmental, political, cultural, moral, spiritual, etc.

This is also responsible for the threats and limits to the functioning of the market economy due to crime syndicates that consist of bureaucrats and policemen and are run by mafia dons who get full political patronage. The time has come to spread awareness among the masses against crime syndicates.The impact of the crime syndicate is not only confined to the market, but also to the state activities, causing embezzlement of resources allocated for the poorest of the poor.The government should diagnose the deteriorating standard of Indian political system as happening due to the political pollution from top to bottom. The need of the hour is an empowerment movement for every Indian citizen to exploit his or her full potential and turn India into a confident and prosperous global leader.

Prof M. M. GOEL, Kurukshetra


To tackle the rising crime in the country, the government must adopt certain concrete steps and supervise a proper execution of these plans. The intelligence agencies of the country should consist of dedicated workers, who can prevent crimes before these are actually committed. Making the law more stringent is another effective measure that would force criminals to think twice before committing any sort of crime.

The government should also hold regular awareness camps to make the general public conscious of their right to fight against crime. Another way of curbing the menace is to increase security in all crime-prone areas of the country.

Last but not the least, a survey should be done to detect the parts where crime is alarmingly high. All these steps should be applied in that part to tackle crime in an effective manner.


Eradicate the menace of corruption

Unemployment, illiteracy, vicious environment of corruption and favoritism, for which politicians and bureaucracy are responsible, and lack of quality time spent by parents with their children due to excessive involvement in their own lives are some of the factors which are responsible for the rising crime rate.

To reduce crime, the government should first take appropriate measures to eradicate the menace of corruption. It should enforce law strictly in an unbiased manner. It should create more job opportunities and promote self-employment to remove the growing disillusionment among the educated, unemployed youth of the country and give them hope for a better tomorrow. This has to start at the grass-root level. Above all, parents should become more responsible.

MADHU SINGH, Ambala Cantonment


Crime and corruption are the two sides of the same coin. These social evils are the visible symptoms of the endemic disease, which, in the present-day parlance could be called the Stricken Conscience Syndrome. Both crime and corruption owe their origin to the deadly virus of greed, and the men and women of poor conscience are the easy prey. The difference is only of opportunity.

We have corruption where greed can be satisfied without using force, and we have crime where force is used; both are essentially the same, but it’s only where the law catches up with corruption that it becomes crime. Reviving conscience is a task daunting enough for an individual, but doing so at the national level needs nothing short of divine intervention. Are we serious about hounding out the evil-doers from our midst?

Do we have the moral courage to engage in selfless struggle to bring succor to the honest? Where is the answer to these questions? Any debate on crime and corruption is meaningless without an answer to this.


Focus on practical solutions

Crime is a social evil committed by human beings. The two main ingredients of crime are the human being and society. In India, the type and rate of crime differs from place to place and time to time. The crimes in Bihar are different from those in Punjab, just as the crimes in the 1960s were different from the offences committed today.

Therefore, the tackling of crime will vary according to type, place, time, people and societies. We can only address the two main issues, i.e. humans at the individual level and society as a whole. The first and foremost is population explosion, which is the root cause of not only the increase in crime, but also all other problems.

Lack of education (not academic, but moral education), dearth of occupational avenues, falling social and moral values in the name of modernisation and technological advancement are other major contributors.

Lt Col INDER CHOWDHARY (retd), Ambala Cantonment


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