Violence Among Youth

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Indians aspire for their country to be a large, rapidly growing economy, and also to be respected as a great nation. In India, 480 million are less than 19 years old. India has 20% of the world’s children. [1]

The recent years have seen an unprecedented increase in youth violence, often lethal violence, all around the nation. Anecdotal evidence of increase in violence by young people against women and old people, of road rage, of violence in schools, and other violent actions to get whatever they want is alarming. This "epidemic," as many social analysts called it, caused serious concern to both parents and experts who believed their communities were no longer safe and that there was little or nothing they could do to change the situation. This has shaken the very roots of the notion of building a peaceful society where the youth become torch-bearers for progress of the nation.

Besides, the personal losses due to the violent acts are immense. It is impossible to put a price tag on youth violence that accounts for all the damage done to individuals, families, and communities. There is no way to measure the emotional pain, the lost opportunities, and the stunted growth. There is a growing fear that our institutions are unable to maintain social order. Violence and the fear of violence have changed the way people live and eroded the underpinnings of healthy growth and development of children and youth.

These trends should be of immense concern because the condition of children is fundamental to realising the aspirations of building a just and peaceful society as well as of economic growth. While the mantle of leadership into the future must pass on to youth, older citizens cannot relinquish responsibility for fostering the bodies, minds, and values of children.

It is time to realise that children are not merely resources for an economic machine. India’s future greatness will arise not merely from its large economy, but mainly from the moral leadership that India, with its diversity and democracy, can provide. The values our youth will conduct their lives by, as they aspire to have more and get ahead, will determine what shape our country will be in 25 years. Focusing on the problems of youth must be central to the agenda for the development of India in the coming years.

Understanding The Notion Of Youth &Violence

Youth violence has been called an epidemic, comparable to the impact of war, more devastating than polio, AIDS, or motor vehicle crashes. Though the label is debatable, the facts behind it are not.

Violence has many faces—from war to gang violence, from hate crimes to violence against intimates—and all of them affect children. School violence is just the newest and most visible face of this deeply rooted, multi-faceted, societal problem.

School violence claimed the lives of 15 young people in Littleton, Colorado, and focused the nation’s attention on the issue of youth violence .The first children affected by violence lived in inner-city communities exhibiting a high degree of poverty, racism, and many other risk factors. The problem of youth violence now has infected segments of our population earlier thought immune to such problems.

The Problem Has Increased

From the mid-1980s to the mid-1990s, the youth homicide rate increased by 168 percent. Boys are 10times more likely to commit murder than girls, and girls are more likely to contemplate suicide than Boys. More boys complete suicidal acts than girls, partly because boys choose more lethal method than girls. Boys use guns, and girls tend to use pills.(1)From birth, boys have greater vulnerabilities than girls. For example, boys tend to have more health, learning, and social problems. In almost every culture, boys are more aggressive than girls. Girls who get sad, get depressed. Boys who get sad, get Angry and become very skilled at hiding their sadness. Since boys are incarcerated for violent and Often horrific...
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