The city of Mumbai is shocked by the revelation that a 16yr old Grandson murdered his 67yrs old Grandmother. The reason for this gruesome act was so he can steal her gold ornaments and money to buy a bike.He wanted to "show-off" the bike among his friends.
Following is an article from Times of India, where City Psychiatrists discuss how need for instant Materialistic satisfaction is clouding logic of youngsters and driving them to reckless acts
On the face of it, the prime accused in the Malad murder case is a good student: He performed well in class, was polite, well-behaved, and popular with neighbours and teachers. City psychiatrists say that if the 16-year-old is found guilty of murdering his grandmother, it points to a social malaise. It exposes the darker side of peer pressure, instant gratification and the desire for easy money. The stress to fit in with one's peers can make a person more and more violent and aggressive over time, say doctors.
Instances of teenagers turning on their own family are increasing. The need for money or freedom turns out to be the motive behind a majority of such cases, say psychiatrists. Psychiatrist Dr Harish Shetty said, "Often, many youth, who fail to excel in studies or extra-curricular activities, try to get the attention of their peers by spending money. For all the fun that a youth wants to have, one needs large sums of money on a daily basis. Youngsters want to spend on food, alcohol, and even sex. They need a steady flow of money to feed their addictions."
According to Shetty, society is lacking in what he calls money hygiene. Money or fiscal hygiene is when all family members-including children-are aware of the family's total income, and how much can be spent on each member. This includes pocket money. Shetty explains: "Parents need to be open about how much they earn and how much they can spend on the child. Children, especially when they are in their teens, need to be included in conversations on the family's income and expenditure."
Dr Sanjay Kumawat, member of the Bombay Psychiatrist Society, said: "Youngsters suffer from an inferiority complex if a friend possesses a gadget, a vehicle, etc, that they don't own. This is not limited to material objects. These days, it is also about parties, nights out and keeping up with the lifestyle of their peers." Many youngsters feel that stealing money from home is not tantamount to stealing. "Their inability to procure constant pleasures in life causes frustration. This in turn, along with the energy and adrenaline that drives them, may cause them to act impulsively, And sometimes, it can turn violent," Kumawat said.
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