Bengaluru: In the wake of disturbing incidents involving teenagers committing heinous crimes, mental health experts advise parents to pay attention to complaints from schools and take early action to prevent criminal tendencies in their children.
Incident 1: Brutal Murder in Kolar District
On November 4, the brutal murder of 17-year-old Karthik Singh in Karnataka‘s Kolar district shocked the community. The perpetrators claimed their motive was to become prominent criminals in the district. The disturbing video of the murder circulated on social media, prompting public outcry.
Incident 2: Elderly Guards Murdered in Mysuru
On June 21 in Mysuru, two elderly guards at a sawmill in Hunsur town were brutally murdered by a teenager and accomplices. The teen instigated the crime for a meager sum of Rs 488 to purchase ganja. The assailants smashed the guards’ heads with iron rods while they were asleep.
Satish Kumar CR, a Consultant in Clinical Psychology at Manipal Hospital, Bengaluru, emphasizes the importance of early identification of criminal tendencies in teenagers. Delinquency, where a crime is committed by individuals below 18 years, can be characterized by conduct disorder (CD) or oppositional defiant disorder (ODD). Factors such as family trauma, domestic violence, and broken households contribute to these disorders.
Behavioral indicators, such as aggression, bullying, and manipulation, often lead to complaints from teachers, classmates, and neighbors. Parents are urged to take these complaints seriously and address them promptly.
Sachin Baliga, a Consultant in Psychiatry at Fortis Hospital, Bengaluru, notes that individuals involved in such crimes often come from impoverished backgrounds with financial issues, domestic violence, and neglect. Undiagnosed mental health conditions, including personality disorders, drug addictions, and anger issues, contribute to a callous and remorseless attitude. Social and economic factors, along with a lack of empathy and disregard for societal norms, play a role in these individuals turning to crime.
To prevent criminal tendencies, experts recommend early intervention, understanding the behavioral and emotional indicators, and providing support for socioeconomic challenges. Free education, community involvement, and public awareness are crucial in fostering a supportive environment for teenagers. Parents are advised to engage with their children, recognize signs of delinquency, and seek professional help if necessary.
In conclusion, addressing the root causes of delinquency and providing a conducive environment for positive development are essential steps in preventing teenagers from turning to a life of crime. The collaboration of parents, schools, and communities is vital in ensuring the well-being and future prospects of young individuals.