Six minors were detained for a theft that cost Rs 70 lakh in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

Six minors were detained for a theft that cost Rs 70 lakh in Chandni Chowk, Delhi.

14-Jun-2024, Fri.

Six minors were detained for a theft that cost Rs 70 lakh in Chandni Chowk, Delhi. This incident highlights the alarming rise in juvenile crime in the city, with minors committing serious offenses such as robbery and theft.


The arrested minors were part of a gang that targeted high-value targets, including a recent robbery in north Delhi that resulted in the theft of ₹70 lakh. The increasing involvement of minors in criminal activities is linked to their addiction to drugs, particularly smack. It is estimated that there are around 10,000 minors in Delhi who are addicted to smack, with each individual requiring around Rs 6 lakh per year to sustain their habit. This amounts to a staggering Rs 600 crore per year. The Delhi Police data suggests that juveniles commit an average of six crimes per day in the city. In 2022, 1,727 criminal cases were committed by minors, including snatching, robbery, dacoity, attempt to murder, murder, and rape. Robbery was the most common crime committed by minors, with 412 cases reported across the city. The areas most affected by juvenile crime are those with high levels of poverty and lack of opportunities. For example, the locality of Jahangirpuri in north-west Delhi is plagued by a wave of juvenile crimes, with snatching and mugging becoming an everyday problem. The area is characterized by low-income housing colonies, narrow and broken roads, and overcrowded streets, creating an environment conducive to criminal activity.


In some cases, minors are involved in more serious offenses, such as murder. For instance, a 16-year-old boy was arrested for his involvement in a murder case, and a counselor reported that he had been diagnosed with anti-social personality disorder, making it difficult for him to stop committing crimes even if he stopped using drugs.


The rise in juvenile crime in Delhi is a pressing concern, and efforts are needed to address the root causes of this problem. This includes providing better education and job opportunities, as well as addressing the issue of drug addiction among minors.


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