Increased Incidence

Increased Incidence
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Be it the brutal murder of a young girl at Uri by her step mother and her accomplices, the violent and gory killing of a boy in Kupwara, or more recently the murder of a school going kid in Gander, crimes of a violent nature seem to be on an upward trajectory in Kashmir. By way of a critique, it may be pointed out that the overall picture, in terms of crime in Kashmir, is not that bleak. It is, from a statistical perspective and indices of crime, Kashmir is still a better place. This is true and rather inarguable. Kashmir is not a place where crime is a quotidian experience; streets of Kashmir are safer; women can walk the streets of the place without fear and crime, by and large, has not consumed the vitals of society. But, the increased incidence of crime here must be viewed against the backdrop of Kashmir’s society and culture was free , relatively speaking, from the scourge and blight of violent crime. The increased incidence of crime of this nature must give society pause and make it introspect. Crime, generally speaking, has multiple reasons; the most salient of these are underlying conditions, like poverty, which make or render a given society , or some of its members, inclined toward it. There are also pathological reasons for crime as well as the residual presence of psychopathy. Of course, there is more to crime than the features or aspects delineated here but these are the most salient ones. While Kashmir’s society is stratified, especially economically, but the level and nature of poverty here is not stark or extreme. This then excludes economic motivations of crime and leaving pathological reasons and psychopathy as probable or possible contenders. If this is the case, then society must not only introspect but also identify these malaises and then do something vigorous and substantive to combat these evils. It stands to reason that the victims of violent crime, especially those whose lives have been snuffed cannot speak for themselves and seek justice. The role falls on society, not only in terms of justice for the victims and closure for their families but , also for pre empting these vicious crimes. Let society then sensitize itself to this gnawing and nagging issue and take robust measures to combat it. The first one would be to identify the reasons and the perpetrators and then take remedial action. The rest will follow.