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A Call or Cry? Getting Used to Crime

With the growing crime in our society, there is concern about our systems like welfare, law enforcement, and the judicial system. Phrases like "domestic violence" and "child abuse" are becoming common. Our society has become so violent we are not affected by the enormous number of untimely/ unnatural deaths each year.

Our welfare system has continued to fail year after year. People are given free money to buy groceries and other items. Often this money does not go to groceries, but rather for beer, lottery tickets, junk food and cigarettes.

Every year thousands of criminals are sent to overcrowded jails. Every year thousands of victims are forgotten while criminals are given parole to make room for new criminals. More money was spent on building prisons than on colleges.
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What does this say about our society? We are spending more on convicted felons than on education. How many murder and sexual assault cases go unsolved every year? How many freed criminals live in your neighborhood? Your neighbor could be a convict of child harrasment.

Every year more and more criminals slip through the cracks on legal technicalities. Criminals are set free because a police officer may not have followed procedure. The sad truth is it happens every day. Thousands of criminals get away with unspeakable crimes each year. I don't know about you, but I think that number is alarming. Laws need to be created to prevent invalid things over small technicalities such as rights/ jurisdiction to convict a criminal. What about the rights of a deceased child? No one read that poor child her rights before she was beaten, put in a garbage bag and left for dead.

The three systems - welfare, law enforcement, and judicial - are all connected in the downfall of our society. When one fails, they all fail. The welfare system failed at catching an abusive and psychotic parent. The law enforcement system fails to prove its case and the man is given a light sentence. The judicial system fails in the end.
The problem here not the failure itself, but at the acceptance of crime by society at large. Another rape in Delhi? "Delhi has become horrible these days." A rape in Hyderabad? "Oh, that city was safe, we must do something about it." See the difference? Acceptance of crime in any city is the worst way to handle crime, treat every new case with the same fervour as the first one, don't get used to crime. So prevent it as much as you can, help solve it, but just don't accept crime- because it is not here to stay, we are.

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Moumita Dutta Mazumder
Moumita Dutta Mazumder is a contributing writer at Inspiration Unlimited eMagazine

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