VADODRA: Troubled teens in Gujarat are giving their families a tough time.
Data released by the NCRB for 2019 has revealed that Gujarat is among the top five states when it comes to crimes committed by teenagers. Last year, five teenagers on an average were booked daily for committing various offences in the state.
According to the data, 2,025 crimes were committed by the juveniles out of which 1,786 were cognizable crimes. With 6.3%, the state stood at number five when it came to the share in the country’s total crimes committed by juveniles. Though serious offences including murder and attempt to murder haven’t grown much in number, experts find the trend worrying.
“One of the major reasons for teenagers taking to crime is easy availability of technology and exposure to the social media,” said Saroj Kumari, DCP (HQ), Surat who has done MPhil in sociology and taught the subject at a university in Rajasthan.
A big reason that drives juveniles to commit crimes is money. “But other factors like the company they keep also play a key role in their behaviour apart from upbringing,” said advocate Komal Kukreja. Apart from Gujarat, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Madhya Pradesh and Tamil Nadu too have a high number of juvenile crimes .