Opinion: What has happened to this society? It needs to be reformed…

Ananya Shroff
4 Min Read

New Delhi: Call it a heartbreaking case or a shameful case or something that perhaps no one has even thought of. A news comes from the southern state of Andhra Pradesh which is difficult to believe. Here an 8-year-old girl was gang-raped and then murdered by three minor boys studying in her school. The age of these boys is between 13 and 17 years. According to the police, after the murder, these boys threw the girl in the canal so that no evidence could be found. After hearing this entire incident, one can only say that how can a minor do this, that too not one but three. Minor means soft heart. School is called the temple of education and if the children of that school do something like this, then there are not one but many questions.

On one hand, innocent childhood, on the other, cruelty and violence. This is a matter of concern that cannot be ignored. Keeping children safe and away from crime is not just the responsibility of one person. It is also the responsibility of the family, school and society. After hearing this incident, it can only be said that mistakes have been made everywhere. Also, we have to think about the fact that children are 'growing up' at a young age. Here growing up does not mean height or physique. Also, what is it that is affecting the minds of children?

In the recent past, many such heinous crimes have come to light in which minor children have been involved. If you look at the NCRB data, you will find that the number of crimes against children is increasing continuously. Most of these are children above the age of 16 years. Many reasons such as domestic violence, exploitation, bad company, drug addiction, mental health problems, social exclusion, illiteracy, lack of opportunities, lack of law and morality are cited for crimes against children. But the question here is bigger because not one but three minors are involved in this and their age is between 13 to 17 years. Questions have also been raised about the use of mobile phones behind some such crimes.

In today's era, mobile phone has become an important part of most people's lives. But its increasing addiction among minors is a matter of concern. Excessive use of mobile can have a negative impact on their physical, mental and social development. It is difficult to say what they are watching on the mobile phone and how and to what extent it is affecting them. This is not just about this incident in Andhra Pradesh. If children are no longer children today, then who is responsible for this?

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