Innocence Lost!

Innocence Lost!
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In the folklore of Kashmir, there was a time when and if some untoward incident would take place, people would say heavens would cry. Such was the innocence of the place. But, alas, now it seems that portions of our society have become brutalized, ruthless and even criminal. This is unfortunately reflected in the brutal murder of a young eight year old boy in Kupwara. The boy was not only killed but also burnt and one of arms chopped off. Such is the enormity of this crime that it is unthinkable and unimaginable. Who, in his right mind, can kill or murder brutally an innocent kid? Even if, hypothetically speaking, there is the angle of enmity involved , to take recourse to speculation, brutally murdering the boy is despicable, horrific and unimaginably brutal. The way that the innocent kid was murdered suggests that the perpetrator is not normal. There is an element of psychopathy involved here given the nature of the crime. Roughly, a psychopath is a person with severe mental illness, prone to committing violent crimes and is someone who lacks the feelings of empathy or guilt. If, indeed, there is the angle and elements of psychopathy in the murder of the young boy, then it is not only alarming from a societal perspective but also something that calls for collective introspection. It means that under the veneer and patina of normalcy, there are psychopaths who lurk in our society. This takes us into another broader point which is that mental illnesses , by and large, are not recognized here. All this is not to suggest that the young boys’ murderer(s) are mentally ill or totally deranged but that there are elements of these in the nature of the crime. In lieu of this, no stone should be left unturned to track and mete out strict punishment to the perpetrators. But, at another fundamental level, society should also introspect. The increase in the incidences of crime should set alarm bells rolling. Our Kashmir, which was once defined by innocence is gradually losing it. We must all come together and , as a society , do something about it. In terms of a corollary, we must also understand and recognize that there are some members in society who , despite the appearance of normality, are suffering from mental illnesses. Society must reach out to these before it is too late. All in all, cumulative and wholesome efforts must be made to actually regain our collective and individual innocence.