Are Movie Freak youngsters on the right path – Youth crime Vs Crime Victims
If you notice the youngsters more closely, you will see their tendency of getting tensed and angry at situations they cannot handle. Movie freaks are all around us, in me, in you, your children and others surrounding you. Children are very adaptive to things they notice closely and the ones that attract them. I remember my mother saying I was very fond of Mithun chakraborthy when I was a child and used to introduce my name as “Mithun chakraborthy Abhilash pillai” to the strangers. Please don’t laugh as I was a child then. It is inborn in us to imitate all and everything that we see around us happening at a young age. It is fun for others when we, as a young child imitate film heroes, but therein also lies a subtle danger. The danger of crossing the line from innocent imitations to something serious. Crime does not happen in a day, it starts from a child and nourishes him to become a real criminal.
Few months ago I was travelling in a train. I had my hairs grown and due to their length they were totally curly, making me appear a true bhujji(Budhi jeevi or creative thinker) or a local gunda to the travellers. Youngsters are easily influenced by fashion and designs. I do not have many photos to show you how handsome I appeared. I cut them when I was about to visit my parents as my mother would never love me to see me in that looks. Our group in train had 5 boys and two girls. As always I was busy with the mobile phone playing games and chatting with the friends.
While travelling, a group of boys in the age of 23-28 got in to our bogie from another compartment. They were tall, had long hairs, dressed like “Tamil actor Vijay”, body badly built like Tarzans and macaroni smiles. They were a group of 10 youngsters who appeared like real child-made gundas based in the capital city. They were wrapped with jackets and kutti shirts (small shirts that expose the inner valuables). Upon their arrival they sided over a fellow passenger and took over the seat on to the right side of where we were seated.
They had their cunning looks on the girls and started passing comments. This continued further and they started targeting the boys too. Ultimately, they took me on thinking that I was from an opposite gunda party in Cochin. I saw a person nick naming me as Diler shaji(suspect and a member for some crimes in Cochin). I would like to describe his words “thalle paiyan kalippu thane, tiler shaji anna” (Man this boy appears to be tiler shaji). Their objective was to let some of us rebel and a starting point for them to battle.
We, being creatures of the silent business world and accompanying girls did not want to create any problem as that may end up in equal loss. Movies rather than motivating youngsters to respect their fellow gender have resulted in creating armies and self-built Youth crime clubs. You can notice such incidents now a days in trains, buses and foot paths where youngsters believe and behave like real gods who can beat a person or damage other’s personal property. There is another personality of horrible features within these movie freak youngsters who finds its way to affect them, damaging their brains and controlling them to behave the way their hero behaves to a fellow villain.
It is important for parents to ensure what their children see until they reach an age, here they can decide what’s better for them and what’s not. I would say parents are responsible for the behaviour of their child.
I would like to share another incident that my parents narrated from their travel to Kerala for onam. The train arrived at Vijaywada junction and an old man planned to fill his water bottle for his remaining journey. He approached the door for exit where a group of youngsters, trainees of army were seated. He asked them to move a bit so he could get onto the platform
On return he saw the boy sitting at the same place and requested him to stay away from the steps until the train starts and all travellers are in. The boy took offense to the old man’s words and pushed him, making him fall hard on the platform. He was too old and it took him time to regain his lost spirits. The boy was scolded by fellow passengers and he replied arrogantly;”I have never obeyed my father and listened to him in my life, then how dare this oldie command me”.
Please think how worse circumstances are that the youth does not know whom they should respect and what age difference really means.
I still remember my childhood when we were told to bow before our elders and respect them by touching their legs. That’s the custom and knowledge that parents should provide to their children, to make them respect and earn respect.
I read an article in Hindu newspaper, months ago where it commented on the crime rate in the world and the involvement of youngsters in it. It says a majority of crimes have youngsters in the age group of 23-27 and their behaviour depicts the actions of the movie stars they watch on televisions.
To discuss further, let us take ak at the movie called Bheema in Tamil that features actor Vikram as a criminal who has no fear of police and laws. It shows how a child is matured as a criminal. The story concludes with Vikram being killed for his deeds. Though it has a good moral, it influences youngsters by its violence and never-to-fear attitude. This may lead to several youngsters behaving like the so called Bheema.
More than the ones who commit crime the ones who suffer are the victims of these crimes. It is not far for the youngsters to understand what they should react to and what they should protest against. Now please tell me whether our youngsters are on the right path?
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