‘Desire to maintain lavish lifestyle forces students to take up crime’

Of late, several youngsters have been apprehended by cops for indulging in criminal acts

Published: 05th February 2017 04:40 AM  |   Last Updated: 05th February 2017 04:40 AM   |  A+A-

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HYDERABAD: Students and their greed for affluent lifstyle drives them to commit crimes, say police and psychologists. As many as 20 city-based students have been caught in different offences last year. Many of them hailed from well-to-do families.

While interrogating the students apprehended for chain snatching, robberies, extortion and drug peddling, the police identified similar answers from them. They either want to spend money to live a luxurious life without telling their parents or think they can get away easily as they are over-pampered by their parents. Radhika Acharya, a city-based psychologist opined that parents play a crucial role in molding their children. Several parents think that materialistic satisfaction will compensate their absence at home, but the quality time spent with the children will keep them disciplined. “Youngsters need quality time of their parents.

If parents pamper the children and provide convenient lifestyle, they take things for granted and feel that they can get away with any mistake,” said Radhika.
“Society also plays a crucial role in shaping the youngsters. Most people in the society are respected by their appearance, lifestyle and gadgets they use. This stereotype needs to be broken to avoid youngsters thinking the same way and committing crimes to live affluent lifestyle,” the psychologist said.

Speaking to Express, a senior police official said that the primary reason behind students indulging in offences is to earn easy money. “Most of the students caught in thefts and snatching offences wish to live a lavish lifestyle. Their desire to use latest gadgets is to flaunt among their friends and fellow relatives,” said the official.


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