Crime in Kashmir

Crime in Kashmir
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There is a lot that Kashmir and Kashmiris have to be proud about despite our brooding temperament and the propensity to criticize. One such area that stares us in the face , and over which Kashmiris can be justifiably proud about are the very low (or even negligible) crime rates here. Low crime rates in Kashmir are not a matter of policing or other forms of authority but accrue from the nature of the place and its peoples. First, a general note on crime and its nature. Crime and criminality emanate from both structural issues and temperament. Structurally, it is often times poverty and its allied concomitants that are a breeding incubus for crime. Along with gross disparities in wealth, discrimination and so on, which create unequal societies, crime of this nature is based on vendetta and, from the perspective of economic theory, a forcible transfer of resources from one to another. There are also psychological reasons for crime which include pathology, a propensity toward the blight, psychopathy and other flaws and foibles of human nature. In terms of Kashmir, the place is, by no means, a place defined by equality in all its forms and shapes. It is an unequal place and there is poverty here too, both absolute and relative. Yet, the place is not criminal or defined by criminality. Yes, there is crime here but in terms of ratio and proportion and against other places, it is not that much. And, violent crime in Kashmir still continues to elicit shock and horror. All this can only be salubrious , a trend or a theme that redounds to the credit of the people of Kashmir. Our temperament might be a tad aggressive , impatient and we might have other flaws, but crime, especially in its violent avatar , is not something that defines us. While sociologists would have a better explanation for this but, on the face of it, the reasons might accrue from the fact that we Kashmiris are a humane and a compassionate people, a collective personality attribute that we, must under any given condition, permutation and combination seek to maintain, develop and expand upon. But, this does not mean that we become complacent and rest on our laurels. We must strive to eliminate whatever vestiges of very little crime, in relative terms, that exists here. And, we must also look towards our better sides than criticizing and critiquing rather gratuitously our home and hearth, that is, Kashmir and ourselves!