Thursday, July 25, 2019

Police alone cannot achieve the desired goal; Departments like Education, Higher Educational Institutes, Sports, Social Welfare Organizations and other allied agencies can play a vital role in prevent children from venturing into the wrong path: DGP



Port Blair, July 24: The Director General of Police (DGP), A&N Police, Shri Dependra Pathak chaired the 6th discussion of the Andaman and Nicobar Police Study Circle on the topic 'Criminogenic factors causing delinquent behaviour among youth in Andaman and Nicobar Islands and the role of stakeholders' on July 24, 2019. Representatives from different government agencies, health and educational institutions, and other allied departments participated in the discussion held at the Police headquarters.
Citing several factors that trigger delinquent behaviour among youth, the Director General of Police reiterated the commitment of Andaman and Nicobar Police to dispel criminogenic social conditions, through co-operative social action involving all stakeholders. "Compared to other parts in mainland, it is comparatively easy to contain the problem in these islands. However, the Police alone cannot achieve the desired results and collective efforts of all stakeholders including the media is imperative to promote social learning that builds self-control and reduces the inclination to indulge in behavior recognized as antisocial,' said DGP.
"There exist ample opportunities for youth in these islands. We've degree colleges, engineering colleges, polytechnics, industrial training institutes, Law college, medical college etc. All stakeholders should involve with the Andaman and Nicobar Police Circle and sensitize youth on the importance of education and motivate them to pursue studies and refrain from delinquent act that causes pain and disappointment to parents and others with them. As a society, it is our responsibility to prevent children from venturing into the wrong path. The Police alone cannot achieve the desired goal. Punishing some can serve as a deterrent, but promoting social control theory that proposes people's relationships, commitments, values, norms and beliefs and encourages people not to break the law holds the key. Departments like Education, Higher Educational Institutes, Sports, Social Welfare Organizations and other allied agencies can play a vital role in this regard," added the Director General of Police. 
Dr. Nilesh Behari, Psychiatrist, Kavita Shanmugam and Rohini, Professors of Andaman College gave a presentation on the subject. They also stressed on preventive measures and need to conduct sustained awareness campaigns to contain delinquency among youth in these islands.

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