Alarm­ing in­crease in crime

Pakistan Observer - - OPINION - HAS­SAN SID­DIQUI

I would like to bring to the no­tice of the con­cerned au­thor­i­ties the in­creas­ing prob­lem of crimes and some mea­sures to cur­tail this prob­lem. There are mul­ti­ple rea­sons be­hind the rapid in­crease in crime rate. Firstly in­creas­ing poverty and sky high in­fla­tion has driven the de­prived cit­i­zens to adopt il­le­gal means. Se­condly in­ef­fi­ciency of the po­lice force to cur­tail the ram­pant in­creases in crime. More­over, easy avail­abil­ity of weapons has made it eas­ier for young men to get hold of weapons for com­mit­ting crime with im­punity like mo­bile snatch­ing.

This rapid in­crease in crime rate has cre­ated air of in­se­cu­rity that prevails in the city, as the law and or­der sit­u­a­tion fails. More­over, it also af­fects our econ­omy as it de­vi­ates the at­ten­tion of for­eign direct in­vest­ment due to the feel­ings of in­se­cu­rity to in­vest in such un­favourable at­mos­phere. There are some mea­sures that should be taken to cur­tail this prob­lem; firstly the Govern­ment should take per­ti­nent steps for cre­at­ing job op­por­tu­ni­ties for the un­em­ployed an­gry youth and easy loan pro­grammes. More­over, the po­lice de­part­ment must be made ef­fi­cient. The widen­ing gap be­tween the haves and have-nots also needs to be cur­tailed by revisiting eco­nomic poli­cies and in­tro­duc­ing so­cio-eco­nomic jus­tice at all lev­els. — Karachi

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