A father catches his daughter climbing the neighbours tree to steal mangoes. Calling the daughter and speaking to her about the good and evil of the act committed with little punishment will suffice for the little soul. But if the father catches the kid, brings her in front of all the family members and defaming her would further prick the wound rather than being a guiding light. The best way parents can deal with their child’s mistakes is by being their friends. The more you recall and remind the past mistake the more envious they will turn, rather than choosing to correct the mistake. The same goes for the psychology of dealing with major crimes and criminals.
But a recent initiation of the Rowdy Sheeter parade by the Department of Police aiming to remind the culprit ‘You are under supervision’ called upon several wraths. Police Departments in several districts of the State as a routine, conducted the Rowdy Sheeter parade. But the motto behind it came to be questioned with the involvement of live media. The ‘questioning and warning session’ in the parade showcased the heroism and power of police officers. On the other hand, it also defamed the individual dignity by telecasting the face of individuals out in public and indirect cautioning the public to stay away from them, they are criminals.
The parade involved the individuals who have already been punished, the ones just caught in a petty offense and also may be the ones who are now in the process of being a better citizens. Thus showcasing their identity is not just defaming their dignity but also barring them from the process of betterment. It is also threatening their personal space, which may have a negative impact on building a better life and career.
Social Influence works on the principle of reciprocity, that is, an individual gives back to society what society gives him. The same goes for criminals. They are the product of an unethical society and so bringing them to the mainstream should be done by doing good rather than triggering their guilt. When an individual is questioned in front of the world (media) about an offence and is made to face the darkness of life, again and again, the psychological impact on them will make it difficult to co-exist for them in mainstream society.
The parade indeed is an essential feature. But if done within closed premises involving a counsellor/psychologist will be more effective. A bar on media covering in the process too will work for the betterment of the individuals involved. And at the same time also answers the actual need of the parade rather than just being a mileage given to the Department.